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Date: 21 October 2021
This year Ramadan will be a very different experience for the Muslim community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever, GPs in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge are urging people to stay healthy and fast safely during Ramadan. Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Thursday 23 April 2020, and the longer, warmer days can bring an increased risk of dehydration.
Dehydration can particularly affect people with existing medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or lung disease, people who are on any medicines or are pregnant or elderly. The British Islamic Medical Association are advising people to consider the concession provided by the religion whereby those who are more at risk if they contract COVID-19 are excused from fasting at this time, and that missed fasts can be made up at a later date in the year.
If you are taking prescribed medicines, you should continue taking them during Ramadan, but check with your GP if the doses need to be adjusted or the times that you take them need to be changed.
To stay healthy during the 30 days of Ramadan, it is important to:
Please remember: Fasting is not considered compulsory for many groups – including people who are unwell or have a long-term condition; people with learning difficulties; and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating.
People with diabetes on insulin are advised by GPs to avoid fasting, particularly those with significant kidney, eye or heart problems, and those who monitor their blood glucose levels should continue to do so whilst fasting.
If you think you or someone in your household has COVID-19 or develops symptoms of COVID-19 whilst fasting, you should stop fasting immediately and use the NHS 111 online service. You should only call 111 if you cannot access the internet or cannot cope at home. Do not go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have these symptoms.
If you have a non-COVID-19 health problem, please don’t hesitate to seek medical help, via the following services: