Doctors urge residents to take Covid-related measures during holy month


Doctors in the United Arab Emirates are advising families to get fully vaccinated, to get vaccinated and to continue taking other precautionary measures during Ramadan.

While most individuals have resumed pre-pandemic Ramadan behavior, according to a YouGov survey, doctors reiterate that it is important to act responsibly to protect ourselves and keep our communities safe.

Dr Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Internal Medicine Specialist at Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Sharjah, said: ‘As the pandemic comes to an end, it is important to be responsible to protect ourselves and our family members. by receiving two doses of the Covid vaccine and the booster dose too.”

“Pregnant women, children, symptomatic people and people in the high-risk group should stay away from large gatherings or be extra careful. Before the month of fasting, contact your doctor about how to adjust your medications, especially diabetes medications,” says Gupta.

Health professionals warn that large Iftar gatherings could lead to an increase in cases. They say the numbers should be and celebrate with immediate family who can be fully vaccinated.

Dr Aws Al-Obaidy, General Practitioner, Health Hub Clinic – Discovery Gardens, says: “Maintaining general precautionary measures, such as wearing masks and washing or disinfecting hands frequently, remains the first step to improving the disease prevention, which will lead to better control. in morbidity and mortality.

Meanwhile, the YouGov report also suggests that when asked how residents plan to celebrate Ramadan this year, nearly half (47%) said they were more likely to meet friends and family. in person this holy month.

This is different from the past two years, when family visits and reunions were restricted in the country.

Dr Mohammad Fawzi Katranji, consultant pulmonologist at Al Zahra Hospital in Dubai, says: “Be aware of the vaccination status of those around you, especially those who are elderly and have chronic illnesses. He advises residents to avoid social gatherings “if you suspect you have the virus or are not feeling well.” He suggests outdoor gatherings be considered as the weather is still pleasant at night.

Dr Amira Emad, GP, Prime Medical Center – Barsha Heights says: “It is advised that all public gatherings during Ramadan can be held in open areas with social distancing precautions.

Source: Dr. Leena Kapoor Internal Medicine Specialist with Prime Medical Center – Barsha Heights

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