People living with sickle cell anaemia may be exempted from the Ramadan Fasting. This was disclosed by a Guest Lecturer, Prof. Sagir Ahmad, Consultant Haematologist with the Department of Haematology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Bayero University Kano during the 2019 Pre-Ramadan Lecture organized by the “Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) of the Hospital titled “Islamic and Medical Perspectives of Fasting among Pregnant/Breast Feeding Mothers and Sickle Cell Anaemia”.
Professor Sagir said due to physioanatomical structure of sickle cell patients, it will be very difficult for the patients to partake in fasting.
He added that, sickle cell patients who feel they have the strength and energy to fast can do so and should not hesitate to break it when their energy starts dropping or feel they cannot go further.
At their separate lectures, Prof. Jamilu Tukur, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecologist, BUK/AKTH and Malam Aminu Umar, Chief Procurement Officer and the Imam, Administration Mosque said pregnant and nursing mothers should fear Almighty God in decision on whether to partake or not in the Ramadan Fasting as each and every individual knows the limit she can go when it comes to fasting.
Prof. Jamilu Tukur further said, there is little or no significant decrease in milk production when a mother is fasting and as such encourages nursing and pregnant mothers to partake in Ramadan Fasting.
On their part, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Lawal Umar Muhammad, HOD Community Medicine BUK/AKTH and Ameer of the Hospital’s IMAN Chapter, Dr. Anas Ismail, Consultant Radiologist, discussed the medical and physical benefits of Ramadan Fasting.