Sami Abdel Raouf (Dubai)
Doctors stressed the importance of continuing to follow the precautionary measures during the remainder of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in order to avoid any kind of rise in cases of the emerging “Corona” virus, stressing that continuing to apply preventive measures leads to continued joy and happiness for all during the feast. And they said in statements to “Al-Ittihad”: “Efforts to reach the stage of recovery from Covid-19 require adherence to the instructions and not tolerate precautionary measures, so that we can preserve the gains that have been achieved and the distinguished efforts made by state institutions since the emergence of the pandemic.” They added: “Our wise leadership has set an example for the world in ensuring the health of society, and providing everything that would protect it in these exceptional circumstances that the whole world is going through, as it provided everything that would ensure the safety of everyone, starting with the means of prevention and passing through the provision of free treatment and ending with the provision of Free vaccine for all.
They pointed out that the great role of the health and concerned authorities at the state level, must be accompanied by a role for individuals represented in adhering to the health protocol at all times, especially during the holidays, including the blessed Eid al-Adha holiday, stressing that protecting the “blessing of the house” from infection with the virus is a necessity. urgent.
They pointed out the importance of communicating with relatives and friends through modern means of communication, and limiting visits to people most at risk (such as the elderly and those who suffer from chronic diseases) with the need to follow preventive measures while being with them, stressing that this limits infection and the spread of disease.
continue to be careful
Dr. Omar Al-Shafei, a family medicine consultant at the American Hospital in Dubai, stressed the importance of continuing the precautionary measures during the remainder of the Eid al-Adha holiday, as the continued decrease in the number of injuries is an urgent necessity, and a strategic goal that needs the participation of the individual community in achieving it.
He warned of the danger of abandoning precautionary measures during the Eid al-Adha holiday, which could lead to an increase in the number of HIV infections and a rise in Covid-19 infection rates, noting that the UAE has achieved outstanding rates in reducing new cases of the emerging “Corona” virus, which Making the country better able to move forward with disease control.
He said: “The great efforts of health authorities at the state level require the cooperation of individuals, by adhering to the precautionary measures and measures during the blessed Eid al-Adha period, as this health pandemic requires the solidarity of all people, each in his position.”
He warned of the importance of physical distancing, electronic communication of greeting and congratulations on Eid, contentment of celebration in the small family that includes parents and children, maintaining personal hygiene, avoiding public places as much as possible, wearing a mask when going out for necessity, and not excessive eating red meat.
He stressed that non-compliance with the procedures helps spread the disease, increases cases of infection and hypnosis in hospitals, which constitutes a burden due to its impact on the health care provided, noting the wisdom of the leadership and its keenness to ensure the health of society, through proactiveness in providing various treatments and vaccines.
Warnings and tips
Al-Shafei talked about the general advice that should be taken to avoid any health symptoms during Eid Al-Adha, pointing out the need not to overeat, especially red meat, which leads to satiety and indigestion, while making sure to eat good quantities of vegetables and fruits that help digestion and give natural fibers. Lower cholesterol.
He pointed to indigestion, flatulence, and reflux, when they are severe, which may lead to pain with or without vomiting, and eventually increase in weight and cholesterol, stressing the importance of exercising and following a healthy lifestyle.
He said: “The health care system in the country aims to create an environment free of complications from the disease (Covid-19) and its repercussions, which requires complete harmony between the future vision adopted by the state, and individual awareness of the importance of the measures taken.”
He added, “We are certain of society’s awareness of following precautionary measures to avoid any increase in the current rates of Covid-19 disease, after the rates of decline that have been reached in order to achieve the health and safety of our people, and the coming days will be better.”
In turn, Dr. Sarla Kumari, a specialist in diabetes at the Canadian Specialist Hospital in Dubai, confirmed that Eid is usually considered a wonderful occasion to meet with family, relatives and friends, but in light of this global epidemic, mixing with others has become absolutely undesirable in order to avoid transmission of infection.
She pointed out that “online” communication has become the recommended option by health care experts and health organizations concerned with combating the emerging “Corona” virus.
She said: “We, as members of society, must be aware of the pandemic and not ignore its seriousness or tolerate it because of our joy on Eid, because such irresponsible behavior may have serious consequences for the health of society.
She added: “Here, it should be noted that there are groups that are more sensitive than others to the complications of this virus, which must be dealt with carefully so as not to spoil the joy of Eid, especially the elderly group.” She attributed this to several reasons, the most prominent of which is their weak immunity, which makes them more likely to suffer serious complications from Corona disease, as most elderly people suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, stress, heart, as well as arthritis.
She pointed out that in order to protect children from Corona, parents should play an important role in instilling a culture of personal hygiene in their children and educating them about avoiding shaking hands, kissing and hugging.
She stated that the number of visitors from relatives and friends to the house should also be reduced during this occasion, while ensuring that guests wear a mask to not put children at risk.
Children must also be constantly educated on the need to wear a mask outside, despite the difficulty of this matter, and to avoid close contact with guests.
And she stated that for pregnant women, avoiding infection with the Corona virus should be a top priority for them, as they must be more careful during the Eid period, which is a public occasion in which there is a lot of mixing with relatives and friends.
She stated that pregnant women may experience changes in their immune system during pregnancy, which makes them more sensitive to respiratory viruses.
“Therefore, they should be more careful in adhering to safety measures to protect themselves from the virus,” she said.
Dr. Maysa Al-Sulaiman, family medicine specialist at Burjeel Specialist Hospital in Sharjah, spoke about adopting a healthy method that helps all family members stay safe during Eid days, the most prominent aspect of which is moderation in the consumption of meat, sweets, cakes, biscuits, various nuts, seeds and sweetened drinks.
She said, “Given the pandemic situation, there is a need to keep our immunity healthy and strong, and this can be achieved by applying an appropriate diet on holidays.”
He added: “The elderly in particular and people with comorbidities should be careful about the quality and quantity of their food, and overeating causes serious health problems such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, arthritis and gallbladder disease.” .
She addressed some necessary nutritional advice, most notably avoiding processed fruit juices and ultra-processed foods, removing as much fat as possible before cooking meat, or grilling, and also removing visible fat and limiting exposure to heat by reducing the size of meat pieces.
And she cautioned that the recommended level of daily meat consumption is 75-100 g per day, reduce salt, sugar and trans fats, and implement the “vigilant eating” system by monitoring calories and choosing simple, easy-to-digest foods, in addition to avoiding spicy and fried foods.