Stay healthy during Ramadan

During Ramadan, which begins on 20 July, fasting Muslims can face problems with their health such as dehydration, dizziness or other medical complications. If you don’t take precautions, you may face difficulty in taking your medication, for example not taking daytime medication for fear of breaking the fast, or taking multiple doses together later in the day.

As a result, the NHS often sees an increase in health difficulties during Ramadan in fasting patients.

“Ramadan is a very special month for many of us,” says Walthamstow GP, Dr Gabby Ivbijaro. “We want people to observe Ramadan in a healthy way. If you need help or advice with this, please speak to your midwife, nurse or GP. This is particularly important if you are pregnant or have diabetes. If you start to feel unwell during fasting, please seek advice as soon as possible.”

A ‘Keeping Healthy in Ramadan’ booklet has been produced to help provide information on fasting safely during the long summer hours and has been distributed throughout the area to all major mosques and hospitals.

Seventy three imams, religious community leaders, public health officials and community organisations attended the recent launch of this guide and the imams made a commitment to pass on the health information to their congregations.