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General News of Monday, 13 January 2020


Hustle of bathing during Harmattan: Some Ghanaians share their experiences

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It is alleged that most people do not take regular baths during harmattan season due to the extreme weather condition, which is mostly dry and cold.

Interestingly, despite the ‘winter’ the country is experiencing, some people actually bath twice and even more in a day.

GhanaWeb took to some streets of Accra to find out how Ghanaians are coping with the 'sub-Saharan winter'.

Advising their fellows who are hiding behind this weather to stay away from keeping themselves clean, one of the interviewees said “with this weather, if you don’t bath, it is at your own peril. You are destroying your body so anytime, be it dawn, or when you are leaving for work, you need to bath and when you come back home, you bath again.”

Another said, “As for me I don’t bath in the mornings, I do that in the afternoons around 3pm…it’s not every day I do the washing down because of the harmattan.”

Others who spoke to the team off record also emphasized that they were on a bathing break because of the unfavourable weather condition, labelling it as a data bundle subscription which will expire next month hopefully.

From December through to February, the harmattan is the north-easterly Sahara trade winds which rush in desert-like sandstorms, leaving skin dry, lips cracked, and everything covered in dust.

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