GP advice for those taking part in Ramadan

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MUSLIMS planning to fast during Ramadan are being urged to find out more information about the potential health implications if they have any health problems.

The 2011 census shows that around 7,100 Muslims live in Portsmouth, 900 in the Fareham and Gosport area, and 800 in south-east Hampshire.

During the holy month many followers refrain from eating food or drinking liquids from dawn until sunset.

But the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, along with the Fareham and Gosport CCG and South Eastern Hampshire CCG. are concerned people with underlying health issues are putting themselves at risk.

Dr Dapo Alalade, of the Portsmouth CCG, said: ‘We fully understand and respect The Quran requires Muslims to fast during the month of Ramadan, but people need to be careful with their health.

‘Anyone in our community who is a Muslim with existing medical conditions and any concerns should contact their GP as soon as possible.’