COVID-19: Indonesian Mosque Council tells ailing Muslims to pray at home

first_imgThe Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) has called on Muslims who are ill to refrain from praying at mosques as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).DMI chairman and former vice president Jusuf Kalla issued a statement on Tuesday to regional authorities as well as takmir (mosque managements) to participate in COVID-19 containment efforts in Indonesia, which is home to at least 800,000 mosques.”[We are] requesting that Muslims suffering from cough, fever and flu or common cold to pray at home until they recover,” he said. He also advised that Muslims bring their own sajadah (praying mats) to mosques to prevent infection.Kalla also called on mosque managements to routinely maintain the hygiene of mosques by disinfecting floors and toilets and cleaning praying mats.Indonesia recently reported two confirmed COVID-19 cases. The infected patients are currently undergoing treatment at the isolation ward of Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital, Jakarta. The new strain of coronavirus can spread from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. It can also be transmitted by touching objects or surfaces where these droplets land before touching the eyes, nose or mouth.Following the confirmed cases, the Jakarta administration announced that it would limit mass gatherings, while the Jakarta Archdiocese called on churchgoers suffering from respiratory illnesses to pray at home. (ars)Topics :last_img read more

Napoleon Fire Department fights chimney fire

first_imgNAPOLEON, Ind. — The Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department responded to a chimney fire yesterday morning.Just before 10:00 AM, firefighters responded to a 911 call regarding a chimney fire, in a residence near the corner of Jackson and Harrison Streets in Napoleon.When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the fire had already entered the attic space of the home, and the fire was upgraded to a working structure fire.The Osgood Fire Department and Batesville EMS responded as mutual aid.Firefighters battled the blaze from the exterior until an entry team could gain access to the attic.The Osgood Fire Department and Batesville EMS responded as mutual aid.Firefighters battled the blaze from the exterior until an entry team could gain access to the attic.Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the primary fire, and then personnel worked to chase hot spots in the attic and walls that were smoldering behind the chimney.No one was injured, but the house suffered extensive damage in the area near the chimney.Fire officials remind residents with wood stoves or fireplaces to have them cleaned and inspected regularly to reduce the risk of fire.last_img read more

Diabetes Prevention Program Offered by Providence

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Health and ServicesAre you at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes?  Ready to take preventative action? Help is on its way!Providence Medical Group – Boldt Diabetes is now accepting applications for a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) which will be offered in Lacey on Tuesdays beginning in June.DPP is a CDC recognized, proven lifestyle change, year-long program that helps participants lose weight and cut their risk of diabetes in half.  Group classes meet weekly for the first 4 months, then twice monthly, then monthly, with a maintenance group meeting ongoing. View the PreventT2 flyer for more information.Applications are now being accepted for patients that meet the following criteria:1.       At least 18 years old and2.       Be overweight (body mass index ≥24; ≥22 if Asian) and3.       Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and4.       Have a recent blood test (within the past year) result in the pre-diabetes range (qualifying labs below) OR been previously diagnosed with gestational diabetesQualifying labs: Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL.Some insurance companies are covering some or all of cost of this program.  Participants also welcome to pay out of pocket or from a health savings account. Cost of this program will be $17.00 per 60min class (=$442.00/1 year program).For more information, or to be scheduled for a screening contact:Rachel Akins MPH RD, CDEDiabetes Education Program CoordinatorSouthwest Washington PMG Boldt Diabetes and Nutrition Clinic- Oly/[email protected]last_img read more