Muscat: Khareef possesses a unique charm with its scenic landscapes. It attracts tourists to Salalah from other parts of Oman and various other countries in the region.
The rush of people from all sides to enjoy Khareef necessitates precautions to prevent injuries and ensure safety. The Ministry of Health has provided guidelines to visitors, urging them to appreciate the beauty of this season while remaining vigilant, as certain risks and dangers may arise, necessitating carefulness and readiness.
In this season, the weather is characterised by continuous drizzling, increasing the likelihood of minor injuries that may require first aid. These injuries include falls while hiking the mountains or walking in plains where the ground is slippery due to fallen leaves and dampness from rain showers. It is essential to be prepared with first aid and take precautions to avoid potential dangers like slips and falls.
The ministry has recommended visitors choose appropriate footwear for places with slippery surfaces, apply sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun, and avoid consuming uncovered or improperly stored food.
The visitors are also requested to keep all medical devices and medications if the visitor has any chronic illness that requires specific equipment. They have been asked to be particular about cleanliness and hygiene while using public places and restroom facilities.
To avoid mosquito bites, the ministry has advised people to wear appropriate clothing that covers exposed parts of the body to reduce the chances of bites. It also recommended to use mosquito repellents, skin moisturisers, and protective lotions and avoid mosquito-infested areas as much as possible.
First aid is a crucial part of general healthcare, which is critical in providing initial care during emergencies.
Visitors should keep in mind some likely injuries during the season and ways to handle them.
Sprains are one of the most common health issues in slippery Salalah. It is advisable to stop doing any exercise or activity immediately after and rest; elevate the affected area to reduce swelling, apply a cold pack wrapped in a cloth to the injured area for 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours, use a compression bandage to support the injured area, seek medical attention if there is severe pain or if the condition does not improve.
Snakes pose another challenge. In some places, Khareef brings an increased risk of encountering snakes. If a snake bites someone, it is advisable to keep the person calm and still to slow down the spread of venom, immobilise the bitten limb below the heart level, remove any tight clothing or accessories near the bite site, seek immediate medical attention or call for emergency assistance.
Food poisoning is yet another situation people should avoid while in crowded places. During Khareef gatherings and celebrations, there is a risk of food poisoning due to consuming contaminated or improperly stored food. If someone shows symptoms of food poisoning, it is advisable to ensure rest and plenty of fluids intake to prevent dehydration from vomiting or diarrhoea and seek medical attention if symptoms persist for more than three days or if there are underlying health conditions.