The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a tragic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health. This has had a large socioeconomic impact in the country and in the lives of community members. To educate the communities about this deadly pandemic, the Health and the Physical Education Department of Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association of Canada (AMWA) organized a national webinar on the topic “Healthy Living During COVID19 Pandemic, Facts and Fiction” The educational event was broadcast live on the YouTube.
The program was inaugurated by the National President AMWA Canada, Mrs Amatul Salam Malik.
The Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Fozia Zakaria, the Family Physician and an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta and the current president of the Prairie Regional Chapter of AMWA.
In her presentation she discussed the impact of COVID19 pandemic globally and individually and how we can minimize the impact by keeping ourselves healthy both physically and mentally. She discussed various factors contributing to COVID-19 transmission, varying clinical presentation and the prevention of this deadly disease.
The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues are having heavy tools on individuals’ health. She presented helpful tips to keep healthy and manage mental health during COVID19 Pandemic. She briefly discussed the impact of the disease on the health of the pregnant and the breastfeeding mothers.
The presentation also focused on breaking down some myths that have been spread about COVID19. Later, Dr. Zakaria answered some of the questions from the audience.