The Magazine gives its readers the chance to take advantage of the knowledge, expertise and experience of pharmacists at The Co-operative Pharmacy during this important religious festival. Readers are given more information on how to participate safely in Ramadan, Hajj and Umrah, and given details of the dedicated healthcare service for Muslims across the UK.
The article states that specially trained pharmacists will be working at 84 branches of The Co-operative Pharmacy, available to give specific advice and support on all aspects of observing the practices of Ramadan, Hajj and Umrah safely.
Specialist help will include guidance on how to manage regular, orally-administered medication during the period of fasting, as well as advice on how to stop smoking and what vaccinations are necessary for those preparing for Hajj. The Co-operative understands that Ramadan is a good time to beat addiction as those observing the practices of the festival are required to abstain completely from food and resist all temptations during daylight hours.
Business development director at The Co-operative, Mandeep Mudhar, said: “We appreciate the importance of cultural understanding and sensitivity when discussing the implications of healthcare on people’s religious beliefs. But our trained pharmacists are here to help with this and with the preparations leading up to Hajj or Umrah.”
Once Ramadan is over, The Co-operative Pharmacy will focus on giving the meningococcal vaccine, as well as specialist health advice for those making the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Co-operative Pharmacy will be working with Novartis Vaccines and The Muslim Council of Britain to offer meningococcal vaccination (ACWY) packages to Muslim pilgrims.
For more information, read The Co-operative Magazine or find your nearest branch of The Co-operative Pharmacy with the online store finder.