Stechford mosque runs Ramadan health awareness clinic

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.

File photo dated 16/03/07 of a man having his blood pressure taken as a two-week waits to see a family doctor could soon be commonplace, a leading medic has suggested. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 25, 2014. Waiting lists are set to soar as GPs are stuck between a mismatch of rising demand and "disinvestment", the chair of the British Medical Association's general practitioners committee said. Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that general practice is "imploding". There is now a "conveyor belt of care" as GPs try to see as many patients as possible, he said. He also warned that thousands of patients could be left without access to a GP because of changes to the way practices are funded. Speaking to the BMA's annual representative meeting in Harrogate, Dr Nagpaul said that in the last five years the number of patients seen by family doctors has increased by 40 million each year. See PA story HEALTH GPs. Photo credit should read: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

File photo dated 16/03/07 of a man having his blood pressure taken as a two-week waits to see a family doctor could soon be commonplace, a leading medic has suggested. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 25, 2014. Waiting lists are set to soar as GPs are stuck between a mismatch of rising demand and “disinvestment”, the chair of the British Medical Association’s general practitioners committee said. Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that general practice is “imploding”. There is now a “conveyor belt of care” as GPs try to see as many patients as possible, he said. He also warned that thousands of patients could be left without access to a GP because of changes to the way practices are funded. Speaking to the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Harrogate, Dr Nagpaul said that in the last five years the number of patients seen by family doctors has increased by 40 million each year. See PA story HEALTH GPs. Photo credit should read: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

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