At a difficult time for medical workers worldwide, some Muslim doctors have lost their lives in the battle against coronavirus in the UK.
To help the NHS, the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has announced a free webinar for all final year medical students that are being recruited to work in the NHS amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
BIMA, an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), will help medical students who might feel overwhelmed upon being called to practice.
“Now more than ever, medical and Muslim communities need to come together and support each in any way we can. BIMA has a long history of supporting Muslims in healthcare professions. But in this crisis, we wish to support all medics in any way we can,” Dr. Sharif Al Ghazal, President of BIMA, said in a statement by MCB.
“Being called to the frontline in such unpredictable and trying circumstances is a difficult position for any one person to be in, and it takes an immense physical, emotional, and spiritual toll.
“Those who are working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our communities and our loved ones deserve the utmost respect and support. We hope that we are able to provide guidance to our newest colleagues.”
The webinar will cover practical and clinical guidance, including dealing with emergencies and ward rounds. It will also provide spiritual and self-care advice relating to sick leave, prayer, and much more.
Commenting on the initiative, Harun Khan, Secretary-General of the MCB, also echoed support for any effort to help the nation.
“In these testing times, we must all pitch in to support the national effort in combating the Coronavirus and keeping our communities safe. BIMA has a long history of supporting Muslim healthcare workers. This initiative to support all new healthcare workers – regardless of faith – is one that I am sure will be appreciated by many for years to come,” he said.
“We have seen an outpouring of community initiatives, from raising funds for personal protective equipment, opening mosque doors to make space for hospitals, and donating food to NHS workers. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to do whatever we can to support others. It is collective efforts like these which will help Britain overcome this crisis.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has infected 951,933 and killed other 48,320, according to the latest estimates by WorldOMeter.
The UK is grappling with over 29,000 confirmed cases of the new virus. The kingdom has reported 2,352 deaths so far.