The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a fatwa on compulsory Muslim prayers specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.MUI Fatwa Council chair Hasanuddin said in a written statement on Monday that Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” were “not permitted to perform Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.“They are obliged to replace [the Friday prayer] with the zuhr [midday] prayer [at home]. Likewise, it is [forbidden] to hold religious activities that involve large numbers of people that could further spread COVID-19,” Hasanuddin said in the statement. He added that Muslims in areas “less affected” by COVID-19 could perform the Friday prayer at mosques. However, people were encouraged to minimize physical contact, bring their own prayer mats and wash their hands diligently.The MUI also prohibited Muslims who tested positive for COVID-19 from attending Friday prayer at mosques, and instructed them to replace the obligatory Friday prayer with the zuhr at home.”It is haram for a [person with] COVID-19 to carry out sunnah activities that create opportunities for contagion, such as performing the daily prayers in congregation, the tarawih [special Ramadan prayer] and the Eid prayer at mosques and other public places, as well as attending public [Quranic] recitations or majelis taklim [Quran study groups],” the fatwa stated.The statement also said that the bathing the bodies of the dead should be carried out by medical authorities in compliance with their protocols and with regard to Islamic law.Hasanuddin added that funeral prayers and burials should be conducted as usual, but with precautions in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19.The fatwa council also stated that actions that caused panic and/or public losses, such as hoarding basic necessities and face masks, were haram. On March 16, Indonesia reported 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five deaths. The virus has spread throughout the country, including major regions like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. (aly)Topics :
In Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services, Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited the Reading Health System and the Wright Center for Primary Care to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that his administration will implement an additional 25 Centers of Excellence (COE) locations throughout the state by January 1, 2017. The COEs will offer treatment to Pennsylvanians with opioid-related substance use disorder.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. With these additional locations, my administration is continuing its commitment to expanding high-quality treatment across Pennsylvania. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities.”The 2016-2017 budget included $10 million in behavioral health funding and $5 million in medical assistance funding, totaling $15 million. This will allow DHS to draw down $5.4 million in federal funding for an overall total of $20.4 million.During phase one, the Department of Human Services implemented 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence by utilizing the $10 million in behavioral health funding. After working with its actuaries to analyze the impact of adding medication assisted treatment on Medicaid managed care rates and subsequently negotiating 2017 rates with managed care organizations, DHS has determined that they can implement 25 additional centers with the $5 million in state Medicaid funds and $5.4 million in federal funds. The additional 25 COEs announced will serve at least 5,600 additional individuals.“The Centers for Excellence will provide vital, potentially life-saving coordination of care for Pennsylvanians struggling with the disease of addiction,” said Secretary Dallas. “Rather than just treating a person’s addiction, DHS will treat the entire patient through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care and, when necessary, evidence-based medication assisted treatment. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery.”“Reading Health is proud to be designated a Center of Excellence (COE) in the fight against opioid abuse,” said Reading Health President & CEO Clint Matthews. “Our interdisciplinary team of providers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to all members of our community and our designation as a COE will help provide the necessary treatment and resources to those in need.”“The profession of medicine must humbly recognize that, although unintentionally, our pain prescribing patterns in a fragmented, ineffective care delivery system have contributed to our national opiate public health crisis,” Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, President and CEO of The Wright Center. “We must acknowledge our role in this devastating debacle not with shame, fear or discouragement but with intentional, passionate commitment to responsively and responsibly help generate and lead collective solutions. Every stakeholder needs to get involved in America’s ‘Turn the Tide’ initiative lead by Secretary Burwell. We need to build our care delivery and IT infrastructure and our community resource networks to be more effective, while we deliberately change culture and develop skillsets of current and future workforce to promote recovery and resilience. The Wright Center is privileged to be selected as a Pennsylvania Center of Excellence and we are absolutely committed to coming out of our organizational comfort zone to learn and best steward the allotted public dollars to ensure more effective care for the patients, families and communities we serve that are struggling with addiction.”The Centers of Excellence are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 01, 2016
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1. The Warriors are a terrible defensive team. Yes, it’s early in the season, but we’ve seen enough to know that they’re not going to approach anything close to good anytime soon.But the Warriors were able to claim one of their most winnable games of the season Tuesday night in Memphis because Golden State coach Steve Kerr had a downright sinister game plan to beat Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant and the Warriors were able to execute it just well enough.It says something about how far Golden State …
Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University & MFLN Military Caregiving ConcentrationI am a little too old to have watched Sesame Street as a kid. Indeed, my childhood viewing experiences were a mashup of cartoons, monster movies, and sitcoms. My memories align with descriptions of the time that television was a “vast wasteland.” Public concern helped to propel the development of Sesame Street and other innovations in children’s educational programming (think, for example, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and Schoolhouse Rocks) to improve content and programming for kids.It is not too much to say that Sesame Street is a unique part of our culture. While originally intended for preschool children, especially those without access to educational opportunities, the show’s reach has gone much further. The show is entering its 50th year and its presence extends beyond television to all areas of media. Its educational mission has and remains more than just the “Three R’s” for kids. Sesame Street offers lessons on deep topics relating to caring, compassion, diversity, empathy, inclusion, and social justice that benefit all age groups.With this in mind, I invite you to check out a recent webinar hosted by the Military Families Learning Network Caregiving Team. At Our Best: Caregiving Today – Kids Serve Too was presented by Antonio Freitas and Sabrina Huda, both who are part of the Sesame Workshop. This non-profit project is affiliated with Sesame Street. It provides online and downloadable resources for children and their families. These resources and others offered can be of great value to professionals and providers as well.The webinar focused on two initiatives of special interest to military families and those that support them.The Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) initiative offers webinars and apps, as well as downloadable activities, games and exercises. In addition to these resources to engage children in learning, there is information relating to a broad array of topics, including dealing interpersonal communications, health conditions, family wellbeing, self-care, and trauma.The Sesame Workshop is creating even more specific programming for military families through its Sesame Street for Military Families (SS4MF) initiative. As with SSIC, this initiative offers valuable resources for families, caregivers, professionals and providers. To take just one example, SS4MF has produced a short video for kids (and adults) on how to adapt to “changes” that result from injuries, such as those to wounded warriors. Providers, professionals and caregivers may want to check out an overview video of SS4MF programming that encourages viewers to “watch, ask, and share” available resources.So while I may have been a little too old for Sesame Street as a kid, I am not too old for Sesame Street as an adult. There is a treasure trove of resources to tap into for professionals, providers and caregivers. While many of the videos and activities are aimed at kids, like stories and fables that have been handed down over the generations, the lessons are not just for children but for grown-ups as well.