IMAN Expresses Concerns Over Raging Re-Emergence Of Infectious Diseases


    By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna 

    Arising from its 21st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has expressed concerns over the emerging and re-emerging of infectious diseases (like COVID-19, Lassa fever, Yellow fever, Diphtheria which remain a major cause of mortality across all ages.
    This was contained in a communique issued at the end of Its 21st AGM held in Dutse and made available to newsmen in Zaria.

    It said preventive efforts on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are not being complied by families, and communities.

    According to him, communique which was signed by   Prof Ibrahim Oreagba and Dr Abdul Rasheed Nasir National President and National Secretary respectively said, there is erroneous belief that COVID-19 is not real and this has contributed to the poor compliance with the control measures.

    Also there are poor addiction prevention skills within the families hurts are a major factor contributing to addiction rise in the family.

    “There is a culture of marrying for reasons outside Islamically acceptable norms.

    “There is poor awareness of the narrow margin between Halal and Haram in Islamic cooperativesSub-optimal provision of Ibadah friendly practices addressing the spiritual needs of patients has been found as a major reason for low seeking of orthodox health services”.  

    The communique has identified Professional rivalry has contributed to poor team work within the health work force. 

    The participants have expressed the  need for increased awareness and utilization of preventive measure against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases like the use of facemask, physical distancing, hand hygiene, proper waste management and environmental sanitation.

    Also continuing community engagement using IEC (information, education and communication) materials to increase awareness of diseases.

    “Families should acquire necessary skills to heal family hurts and lower the incidence of all forms of addictions within the family and community.

    “Individuals should follow the guidelines given by the Prophet Muhammad SAW in choosing life partners and in living the family life.

    “There is need for operators of Islamic cooperatives to acquire and implement the necessary education to distinguish between Halal and Haram aspects of Islamic Financing”

    There is need to review the curriculum of all health training institutions to incorporate the Ibadah friendly concepts.

    The conference also implored on health workers to embrace team work in the spirit of Islamic Brotherhood to improve patient-centered care.

    About 740 delegates from 26 states of the Federation, the FCT, and outside the country including Malaysia, Ghana, Niger and Sierra Leone attended the conference.   

    The theme of the conference was “Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, medico-Islamic perspectives’’.

     In addition, free medical and surgical outreaches were held with a total of 3,000 patients treated for various medical conditions.

    Also, 65 surgeries in both adults and children were performed at no cost to the beneficiaries. The surgeries will continue with  500 eye surgical cases.


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