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COVID-19: Be conscious of your health, NASFAT Chief Missioner urges public

In view of the overwhelming effects of COVID-19 on the entire world, the Chief Missioner of Nasru-lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has enjoined people to continue to be conscious of their health.

Onike made the plea on Thursday, while commenting on the 2020 World Health Day, with the theme “Support Nurses and Midwives”.

According to him, COVID-19 has almost made this year anniversary of the World Health Day passed unnoticed.

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every April 7 under the auspices of the World Health Organisation, as well as other related organisations.

From its inception at the first Health Assembly in 1948 and since taken effect in 1950, the celebration aimed at creating awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for WHO.

Onike said NASFAT had been vigorously campaigning, through the media, for people to appreciate health workers and volunteers, including nurses and midwives who had been risking their lives to contain COVID-19 pandemic.

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The NASFAT chief missioner said that the medical team had been addressing other health challenges, even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Onike advised the general public to keep strictly to all governments and medical personnel’s advice for them to stay alive.

“In as much as we shall unavoidably fall sick, we must adhere strictly to all regular advice being reeled out by the health authorities, especially during this ravaging virus pandemic, the chief missioner said.

He quoted the Scripture saying, “Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death.”

According to him, we believe that good health is a divine gift, and God brings illness and cure, He is the One Who heals as alluded to by prophet Ibraheem (as) “And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.

“It is, therefore, our responsibility to do all we can by maintaining clean environment and place so much importance on all our hygienic requirements.

“It is in recognition of these facts, which emphasises the importance of healthcare, that NASFAT has encouraged its members to become Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine (MBRU) Community Immunity Ambassadors.

“They had taken a course on “Let’s Break the Chain of COVID-19 Infection” conducted online by the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine (MBRU) and Health Sciences.

“The 60 minutes course, which is aligned with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Federal and Local Authority measures implemented in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), addresses the chain of infection.

“It provides comprehensive details on how infectious diseases are transmitted, and put forward solutions to break the chain of infection through concrete preventive actions,” Onike said.

Meanwhile, as part of its efforts to support the governments in ameliorating the pains of the lockdown policy, NASFAT branches worldwide, have been disbursing relief packages to the vulnerable and elderly members and non-members.

Onike said that the society had also been supporting various state governments in cash and kinds to mitigate the effect of the lockdown.

He said that branches of the NASFAT in various locations, both at home and abroad, have distributed various food items and monetary gifts to nurses, healthcare professionals and vulnerable people in the immediate community.

The society, through its emergency relief NGO, NASFAT Relief Initiatives, had engaged media houses to promote community awareness campaign on how to prevent, curtail the spread and protect our families from COVID-19 infections.(NAN)