Staff at a Stechford mosque concerned by the heatwave have teamed up with pharmacists to provide a free health awareness clinic on the eve of Ramadan.
The 30 days of fasting – a time of no food and drink from dawn until dusk – begins on Sunday.
It’s a holy month that can prove risky for diabetics and those with heart problems or suffering from high blood pressure.
On Friday, Stechford’s Richmond Pharmacy will stage a health awareness clinic. They were approached by the Jamia Masjid and Madrassa Faiz Ul Quran Ghousia, on Albert Road, to put on the event, which takes place at the mosque.
Mosque trustee Mohammed Yasin stressed individuals with health problems, such as diabetes, have religious exemption during Ramadan. They often pay for someone to fast for them, but many attempt to struggle through.
He said: “It’s the first time we’ve held a session like this, but we felt the hot weather could add to the problems people face.”
Women can attend the mosque at 11.45am and men at 2.15pm. Staff who speak Urdu Punjabi and Mirpuri will be present.
Special emphasis will be placed on those suffering from diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure.
Free blood sugar monitors and blood pressure machines will be handed out on the day.
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