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Staying healthy during Ramadan

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It is important to stay health during Ramadan.

The practice of fasting is an important part of Ramadan. This involves the complete abstinence from food, drink and smoking between dawn and sunset over the month. It’s also a time for self-reflection and evaluation.

The Covid-19 pandemic will mean what is traditionally a communal time when families can come together will be different this year. Such congregational acts of worship have been suspended this year to combat the spread of the virus. Please spend #RamadanAtHome and see the useful advice provided by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).

It’s important to remember that there are several exemptions allowed to fasting. Those with increased risk of contracting COVID-19 should consider alternative options. These include those who are unwell due to conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, or those who are on medication, pregnant or elderly.

NHS services are still operating both online or over the phone instead of face to face. Please don’t hesitate to contact NHS 111 online or over the phone if you are a member of your family are unwell. It’s important that you don’t delay seeking treatment.

Speak to your clinical team if you or a member of your family is receiving treatment at this time and you have any questions.

Resources:

  • Dr Uzma Sawar, GP and a Clinical Director at LCCG and Dr Gul Zaman Butt, Consultant in the L&D Emergency Department were interviewed on Inspire Radio’s Community Update show on Monday 8 April. During the interview they spoke about accessing health services, encouraging local people to access services when they need them, and provided information and advice about staying healthy including what households should be doing to reduce the risk of catching or spreading Coronavirus.  The interview can be heard here.
  • Dr Uzma Sawar's radio interview on 23 April about keeping safe during #Ramadan can be heard here. 

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