Ramadan: private medical visits drop by 50%

Plunge in dentist and gynecologist exams in southern Med

02 July, 18:31

    (by Diego Minuti) (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 2 - Private doctors and not only cafe and shop owners across the entire southern Mediterranean region have seen their income decline during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Recent statistics show that non-state-funded medical exams have dropped by at least 50%, since observant Muslims call on doctors during this month only in case of emergency. Thus, those suffering toothaches as well as the various states of malaise associated with fasting - problems of digestion, myalgia and dizziness, for example - try to simply grin and bear it. Doctors say that most of the visits are from those wanting a certificate authorizing them time off work during this period in which fasting is done all day during the ongoing heatwave. A study conducted in Morocco showed that the holy month is a problem for dentists and gynecologists but not so much for diabetologists. Emergency services end up seeing a rise this month, however, as negative personality traits - such as hotheadedness - inevitably sharpen during the month of fasting, resulting in fights and injuries. (ANSAmed).

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