As communities across Bradford district and Craven prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the local NHS is reminding people to avoid large social gatherings because of the risk of coronavirus.
GPs at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are advising people to stay safe when celebrating Eid.
Dr Sohail Abbas, GP and deputy clinical chair at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Thank you for what everyone has done over recent months to help fight coronavirus (COVID-19). I know that normally people would be celebrating this special time in different circumstances.
“As people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch the virus, it’s important to not become complacent and to continue to follow guidance to reduce its spread, such as social distancing, regular hand-washing, and wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
“If you are visiting a mosque, please follow the guidance and limit your social interaction to your own household. The fewer people we are in close contact with, the less chance we have of catching or spreading the virus. It’s vital that we follow the guidance to keep our families and the wider community safe.”
Zulfiquar Karim, president for Bradford Council of Mosques said: “We have all made huge sacrifices in the past few months and I know how hard it has been for you and your families. We must not reverse all this good work and it’s important we continue to keep our distance from those we do not live with and wash your hands more frequently for at least 20 seconds during the day. Stay safe this Eid when you attend prayers and while spending time celebrating with family and friends.
“I hope that this time next year we will be able to celebrate as we normally do. In the meantime please stay safe and Eid Mubarak.”
If you have symptoms of coronavirus – a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – get a test immediately and isolate at home. You should not invite anyone to your house, go to other houses or the mosque, and you should not prepare food for others. To get a test, call 119 or visit https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name.
Eid al-adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command from God, and also the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
Dr Abbas added, “I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy Eid from everyone at the CCG and remind people that health and care services are #StillHereToHelp in the Bradford district and Craven area.
“If you need health advice, don’t put it off as this can often make it worse, especially for those with serious health conditions such as cancer or heart problems.”