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Dr. Fukaiha Warns Bone, Spine Patients against Walking for Long Distances
08 October 2013
Dr. Jameel Fukaiha, the bone diseases consultant, pointed out that the most
widely-spread bone problems are the fractures resulting from car accidents, and those associated with fall in the Holy Sites or Haram. And that osteoporosis, as regards the elderly, is among the most commonly-spread bone problems.
 
He went on to urge bone and spine patients performing the Hajj rites this year, to be careful when walking for long distances. He also stressed on wearing a proper, shock-resistant, and soft pair of shoes. He also advised them to avoid walking with leather socks to diminish slip risks, as well as keeping away from walking in the dark places, and to use a stick or a crutch, if need be, in terms of the elderly. He further recommended using the elevator, if not available, they should be careful when going up or down the stairs. All the more, he emphasized the importance of sound nutrition, rich in calcium and minerals, cutting back on caffeine consumption, stopping short of fizzy drinks, and substituting them for drinking a great deal of water, to make up for sweating.
 
This was when the Media Information and Health Awareness Center of the Ministry of Health (MOH) hosted Dr. Jameel Fukaiha, the bone diseases consultant, on "the Hajj Performers' Health is our Façade" service. It is presented by the Ministry of Health (MOH) via its toll-free telephone line: 8002494444 and the MOH Twitter account Saudimoh@. It is set to play a host to a constellation of the most prominent physicians and consultants of different health specialties; in order to educate the Hajj performers and help them perform the Hajj rites without health problems, Allah willing.
 
As far as osteoporosis and osteomalacia patients are concerned, he urged them not to exist in heavily-crowded areas, jumping, or slipping as fall could lead to breaks, Allah forbids, in terms of those suffering from weak bone formation. And they are more likely to experience factures than others. As regards spine and spinal disc herniation patients, he advised them not carrying heavy weights, following the correct ways of weight carrying; without back bending, as well as sleeping on the ground right way. He also remarked that anyone is able to perform the Hajj rites as long as they can walk, whether on foot or with a wheelchair, and there is nothing preventing them from performing the Hajj rituals.
 
As far as the medical bag the bone patients are in need of during the Hajj journey is concerned, he stressed on the necessity that it include dressing, muscle-relaxant ointments, pain and cramp subsiding pills, wound bandage, muslin, and plaster, as well asanti- hip exfoliation ointment.
 
As regards the benefit of the physical therapy for bone diseases, namely those suffering from neck and shoulder pains and other questions reached the MOH Twitter account; he had it that "the physical therapy is a key factor in treating the neck and shoulder pains unless therewere health-related prohibitions for it."
 
Speaking on the proper intake of calcium and vitamin D that should be taken on a daily basis to avoid osteoporosis, he fielded that "it is difficult to be pinpointed as it depends on age. All ages do not need the same amount of intake, especially if person were healthy; except women over the age of 45; due to menopause and children in lack of exposing to sun beams. It is also related to the illness case of a patient whether they suffer from problems in theendocrine glands, kidneys, and cell formation system."
 
Still, on 9/10/2013, as part of the "Hajj Performers is our Façade" service, the MOH Media Information and Health Awareness Center is to host Dr. Abdulaziz Alelaiwi, the internal medicine and rheumatism consultant, from 10-12 pm. Shortly after the Center is to play a host to Dr. Abdullah Alhuqail, the infectious diseases consultant, from 1-3 pm. He is to provide a number of health tips and guidelines for the Hajj seekers.
 
 
 
 



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