LONDON: A British Muslim physician on Thursday shared his tried and examined suggestions with pilgrims who’re about to take part within the first post-pandemic Hajj open to foreigners, which incorporates making ready for the extreme summer season warmth, and carrying necessary medicines.
Dr. Imran Zia, medical director for emergency drugs at Barts Well being NHS Belief, has accompanied British teams on Hajj as each a medical skilled and a information no less than 15 instances.
Throughout a webinar hosted by the Council of British Hajjis, the veteran well being employee defined how pilgrims ought to put together for summer season temperatures of over 40 levels Celsius.
“Umbrellas are very helpful, particularly within the warmth and the temperature in the intervening time is more likely to be between 40 and 45 levels. We aren’t used to such excessive temperatures within the UK and I’d encourage you to put on mild colours and use sunscreen. Keep away from going out within the afternoon in case you can,” Zia stated.
Because the Hajj includes lots of strolling between the holy websites within the scorching warmth, Zia suggested pilgrims to break-in the footwear they plan to make use of.
“Please stroll within the sandals that you’re going to take with you. Yearly we see folks shopping for a brand new pair of sandals, taking them to Saudi Arabia, after which getting blisters. That you must put on in these sandals now.
“In case you really feel that the soles of your toes are going to provide you issues, then I’d encourage you to purchase good high quality insoles, and glue them to the within of your sandal. You’ll discover that that will provide you with an immense quantity of aid. It’s such as you’re strolling on air.
“In case you’re diabetic, I’d discourage you from taking flip-flops as they encourage infections, pores and skin breakages, sweatiness, and can seemingly offer you issues. So it’s higher to get sandals with straps which you could safe,” the medical skilled stated.
Zia additionally addressed the infamous Hajj cough that many pilgrims get as a result of dry and dusty surroundings and the truth that folks from everywhere in the world have gathered in a single place.
“With the Hajj cough, which sadly many individuals get, the onset is fairly speedy. It comes on very instantly and your temperature will go up and down. You should have a pronounced headache and it’s actually fairly extreme. Having a sore throat is quite common. It’s a dry cough and also you’ll really feel actually achy, such as you’ve been hit by a bus,” Zia stated.
“Sadly, there isn’t a medicinal pill I can advocate that you just take aside from utilizing easy measures resembling paracetamol to maintain the temperature down, lozenges to assist with the sore throat, gargling with saltwater, and having a relaxation.”
He stated the easiest way to forestall getting the Hajj cough is to put on a face masks, hold one’s mouth lined, and apply good hygiene.
“In case you see somebody coughing, hold your distance,” the physician stated.
He additionally highlighted the significance of pilgrims taking a adequate quantity of medication for individuals who have present well being circumstances.
“Take loads of remedy. One factor I’ll say about remedy is that you need to take it in your hand baggage. Additionally pack some in your maintain baggage. And if it’s actually necessary remedy that you do not need to get misplaced, pack it with the one that’s accompanying you as effectively, with a overlaying letter,” Zia stated.
“Some drugs, particularly for most cancers or diabetes are simply not out there. Take a repeat prescription with you in order that in case you do grow to be in poor health, folks know what remedy you’re on. When you have a severe situation, I’ll at all times encourage you to take the title of your hospital marketing consultant, the hospital marketing consultant’s contact quantity or the secretary of their division, and your hospital quantity with you.”
He additionally suggested individuals who normally put on contact lenses to keep away from doing so through the pilgrimage and to pack a spare pair of spectacles.
“I’d encourage all of you to keep away from contact lenses, if potential. It’s seemingly that you just’re going to be awake for a lot of hours within the dusty environments and undergo from lack of sleep. The very last thing you need to do is to get a watch an infection. And take a spare pair of spectacles,” Zia stated.
Lastly, the physician shared his golden checklist of “Ps”:
Prescription checklist, of all prescribed remedy
Affected person particulars with contact numbers, particularly when you have an ongoing downside
Paracetamol will assist cut back a temperature
Plasters for blisters
Petroleum jelly (unscented) will ease chafing between the legs
Penicillin/antibiotic in case you can acquire this remedy