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 getting ready for the extreme summer time warmth, and carrying necessary medicines.
Dr. Imran Zia, scientific director for emergency medication at Barts Well being NHS Belief, has accompanied British teams on Hajj as each a medical skilled and a information not less than 15 occasions.
Throughout a webinar hosted by the Council of British Hajjis, the veteran well being employee defined how pilgrims ought to put together for summer time temperatures of over 40 levels Celsius.
“Umbrellas are very helpful, particularly within the warmth and the temperature in the meanwhile is prone 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 should you can,” Zia stated.
Because the Hajj entails a number 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 individuals shopping for a brand new pair of sandals, taking them to Saudi Arabia, after which getting blisters. You must put on in these sandals now.
“If you happen to really feel that the soles of your toes are going to offer 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 provides you with an immense quantity of reduction. It’s such as you’re strolling on air.
“If you happen to’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 individuals from everywhere in the world have gathered in a single place.
“With the Hajj cough, which sadly many individuals get, the onset is fairly fast. It comes on very all of the sudden 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 suggest that you just take apart from utilizing easy measures reminiscent of paracetamol to maintain the temperature down, lozenges to assist with the sore throat, gargling with saltwater, and having a relaxation.”
He stated one of the best ways to forestall getting the Hajj cough is to put on a face masks, hold one’s mouth coated, and observe good hygiene.
“If you happen to see somebody coughing, hold your distance,” the physician stated.
He additionally highlighted the significance of pilgrims taking a enough quantity of medication for many who have present well being circumstances.
“Take loads of treatment. One factor I’ll say about treatment is that you must take it in your hand baggage. Additionally pack some in your maintain baggage. And if it’s actually necessary treatment that you do not need to get misplaced, pack it with the one that’s accompanying you as nicely, with a protecting letter,” Zia stated.
“Some medicines, particularly for most cancers or diabetes are simply not obtainable. Take a repeat prescription with you in order that should you do turn out to be sick, individuals know what treatment you’re on. When you’ve got a critical situation, I’ll all the time encourage you to take the identify of your hospital advisor, the hospital advisor’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 throughout the pilgrimage and to pack a spare pair of spectacles.
“I’d encourage all of you to keep away from contact lenses, if doable. 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 wish to do is to get an eye fixed an infection. And take a spare pair of spectacles,” Zia stated.
Lastly, the physician shared his golden listing of “Ps”:
Prescription listing, of all prescribed treatment
Affected person particulars with contact numbers, particularly when you have an ongoing downside
Paracetamol will assist scale back a temperature
Plasters for blisters
Petroleum jelly (unscented) will ease chafing between the legs
Penicillin/antibiotic should you can receive this treatment