Look after your health during Ramadan – Jenny Willott MP

July 19, 2013 2:59 PM

At mosque

Although Muslims who are ill can be exempt from fasting during Ramadan, many continue to observe the fast. This Ramadan Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, is encouraging her constituents to take advantage of a specially-tailored medicine check service from the Co-operative Pharmacy, now available across England and Wales.

The free Medicines Use Review (MUR) provides help and advice on how to take prescribed medicines during the holy month of Ramadan and beyond.

In addition, staff at 81 branches in highly populated Muslim areas have received in-depth specialist training to assist with Ramadan. Many of these branches also offer a meningococcal vaccination (ACWY) scheme so that members of the Muslim community who are undertaking an annual pilgrimage to Mecca can book an appointment with their local branch to have the vaccination.

Commenting Jenny Willott MP said:

"I have huge respect for those who observe the fast during Ramadan, and I appreciate that even those who are sick may wish to fast at this important time of year. However, this can mean that sometimes medicines may not be taken at the right time intervals, or be forgotten completely. The effectiveness of some drugs can also be altered by interactions with food.

"People therefore need to be really careful about the impact of fasting on their health. I would encourage any of my constituents who have concerns to visit their doctor or one of the Co-op Pharmacies in the city, on City Road or Upper Clifton Street, to get advice and support."

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