The ministry will assign a team of doctors to reply to queries and to clear doubts about Ramadan-related health issues. The panel will be composed of doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists and trained health personnel who can respond to any health-related questions, Amal said. During the month, callers can phone 800 24 94 444 or fax their questions to 2916754 extension 105 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on working days. “The officials at the center will help callers in providing the necessary health advice,” she added.
“This year, the program will focus on patterns of medicines that should be taken during the holy month,” Dr. Amal said, pointing out that patients who are suffering from chronic ailments such as diabetes, cardiac diseases and renal problems should re-adjust their timetables for the intake of medicines. “We will devote the first three days to advising patients how to adjust their consumption to fall in line with the fasting period,” she said. She noted that a team of specialists would be available daily at the call center from 1 to 3 p.m., while the remaining period would be covered by consultants in various fields.