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How to build your immunity post COVID-19 in UAE

Health|: Dubai: Right nutrition, proper sleep, hydration and physical exercise have an important role to play in building overall immunity in people to fight infectious diseases like COVID-19, a leading academic said on Thursday. Dr Hadia Radwan, professor of clinical nutrition and dietetics from the University of Sharjah conducted a 3 week survey of over 2060 residents of UAE during the lockdown in May 2020. She presented her findings at the 6th edition of the Dubai International Nutritional Congress organised by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) that held a virtual conference. The three-day event, being held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the DHA, has the theme: ‘Your Immunity your treasure’. Speaking to Gulf News, Dr Radwan said: “This survey was conducted jointly under the aegis of the Supreme Family Council and the health and nutrition department of the University of Sharjah. What we observed was that home cooked food consumption went up to 90 per cent and there was a significant drop in people ordering takeaways. In addition people were conscious about increasing their immunity and had more fresh fruits and vegetables.” However, Dr Radwan said that people need greater education on health and nutrition as many increased their portion size during lockdown, were up longer in the night watching movies and had sleep deprivation, did not exercise, had stress and also lack of proper hydration. “All these factors play an important part in boosting immunity. This study was exploratory and we are still analysing the results which we might publish soon. People need more training on ways to increase their immunity.” Public health a priority At the opening ceremony of the event, Humaid Al Qutami, director general of DHA, stressed upon the significance of the theme of immunity in this edition. He said: “COVID-19 pandemic has prompted institutions and societies to reconsider all health care policies and procedures related to protection and prevention against communicable diseases. Perhaps the messages that we highlighted in our previous five editions, where nutrition experts emphasised the importance and the necessity of protecting public health, and enhancing immunity through healthy dietary patterns, are the same messages that the world is focusing on right now to protect ourselves.” Dr Wafa Ayesh, director of clinical nutrition department at DHA and chairman of the congress emphasised upon the role of clinical nutrition in mitigating the prevalence of Non communicable Diseases (NCDs). She said: ““We must take care of our natural-line of defence that protects our bodies from diseases, which is the immune system. The immune system is the first and most important line of defence against disease and infection, so everything must be done to enhance its ability to do its job to prevent diseases.” Dr Wafa Ayesh speaks at the event. Image Credit: Supplied What kind of nutrition should one have post COVID-19? “Patients recovering from COVID-19 experience the clinical symptoms of fatigue, dyspnea (shortness of breath) and loss of appetite which make it difficult to eat well, leading to several nutritional deficiencies. Hence, a personalised plan for diet, nutrition and fluid intake needs to be created in consultation with an expert”, advised Ruba El Hourani, Head Dietitian at RAK Hospital. She was speaking from her experience of treating post-COVID patients who showed a clear shift in diet pattern, finding it difficult to eat normally. Tips to gain back stamina and immunity • Include more protein-rich foods as these are the building blocks of life. Add whole grains, dairy products, nuts, seeds, lentils in the diet. Chicken, eggs and fish can also be added. • Make sure to follow food safety and hygiene guidelines while preparing food. • Since eating large portions may be difficult in the initial phases of recovery, eat smaller but frequent meals. Difficulty in swallowing food during the recovery period could hamper food intake, hence opt for liquids, soft or mashed foods instead. • Make sure all meals are simple, healthy and freshly cooked at home; avoid takeaway and eating out. Among the symptoms that El Hourani listed post COVID-19 were discolouration of nails, dry skin patches — which can be attributed to inappropriate fluid intake — and sudden hair loss, again due to insufficient diets.

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Huge setback for BJP as three top leaders test positive for COVID-19 amid poll campaign

India|: Patna: In a huge setback to the ruling Bhaartiya Janata Party (BJP), three of its top leaders have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the midst of the assembly poll campaign in Bihar while the fourth leader has got himself quarantined for coming in contact with these leaders. All these leaders figure among the list of BJP’s “30 start campaigners” as submitted to the Election Commission. The leaders having been tested positive for COVID-19 include—Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar’s deputy chief minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, parliamentarian and Syed Shahanawaz Hussain, party national spokesperson. Modi and Hussain have already got themselves admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna. Similarly, Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey has quarantined himself after coming in contact with these leaders. Two of these leaders, Modi and Hussain themselves broke the news through their Twitter handles. “Tested positive for CORONA. All parameters perfectly normal. Started with mild temp. No temp for last 2 days. Admitted to AIIMA Patna for better monitoring. CT scan of lungs normal. Will be back soon for campaigning,” Bihar deputy CM tweeted on Thursday. Tested positive Husain said he had come in contact with few people who tested positive for COVID-19. “I got myself tested today and my report has come positive. Request all who came in contact with me in the last few days. Kindly get yourself tested according to govt guidelines,” Hussain tweeted today. However, the developments have invited bitter reactions from Twitteratis who have accused them of spreading Corona by supporting elections in time of the pandemic. “You people have tried to turn Bihar into Wuhan in a bid to win elections and you are bound to face consequences. God is watching all of you from above,” commented Raushan Kumar. Another Suraj Kumar commented, “Just 4 days ago this person in a rally said it seems corona has gone. How pathetic logic you have! Don’t play with pandemic. Virus doesn’t know that you are MODI and very powerful in politics. Just wishing to the Goddess Durga keeps you healthy and for speedy recovery.” Even bitter reaction came from Mukesh Kumar who asked, “How did you get admission to AIIMS and had CT Scan so soon while it takes 48 hours for a common man? This is the difference between the leaders and common men.” COVID-19 has claimed seven top leaders in Bihar so far. They included Kapildeo Kamat, Vinod Kumar Singh, both ministers in the NDA government in Bihar, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, former federal minister and Sunil Kumar Singh, BJP lawmaker.