Welcome to our Ramadan website dedicated to helping you and your family stay healthy during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
This year we are facing some of the most difficult challenges resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It has changed many aspects of daily life and this includes how we experience Ramadan in 2020 (1441 in the Hijr calendar).
As there is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus, the government advice is to adhere to precautionary physical distancing measures and adopt strict hand and respiratory hygiene practices to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
For Muslims this means having to limit the typical activities we associate with Ramadan, such as congregational prayers in the mosque and breaking the fast with other families and friends.
However, this is an opportunity for us to experience a simpler Ramadan practiced by our forefathers in the past. We can aim to focus on the essentials of this special time; and this includes adopting healthy lifestyles to be able to enjoy Ramadan and fasting, for those who are physically able to do so.
On this website, you will find information about a variety of health topics, such as managing diabetes while fasting, ensuring you are hydrated, what to do if you are elderly with chronic health conditions or pregnant. We will share tips on a wide range of important topics, from healthy eating and fasting tips to dealing with stress and anxiety during this pandemic.
We will update the information regularly throughout the Holy Month and include any relevant information about COVID-19 in relation to Ramadan.
Your health and wellbeing are important and I hope you will find this information to be practical, interesting and beneficial to you and your family.
On behalf of the Committee for Healthcare Communications, I wish you and your family a safe and healthy Ramadan.
Mr. Ali Al Khater
Chief Communications Officer
Hamad Medical Corporation
Chair of the Healthcare Communications Committee