GPs run free covid webinar to help people stay safe

Health professionals are running a free online webinar this week to help people understand more about coronavirus in the face of the spike in cases in Leicester.

The city became the first in the country to be put back into lockdown after figures showed that the number of people testing positive accounted for 10 per cent of all cases in England.

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GPs and medical experts will be presenting the facts about the virus and helping people know more about how they can safely manage their health on Thursday July 9 at 7pm.

Details will be presented in more than 10 different languages to help overcome language barriers and ensure the information reaches people from the city’s diverse communities.

Ivan Browne, Leicester City Council’s director of public health, will be joined by GP Dr Aruna Garcea and Dr Tariq Kapasi, medical director of Willows Health for the event. You can sign up here

The event is being run by Willows Health, the largest primary care provider in Leicestershire which has more than 44,000 patients. The centre has brought GPs from all over the city together to run this webinar.

A spokesman for Willows Health said: “This is a local initiative, led and created by grassroots GPs, it’s the first of its kind in reaching citizens and patients in a novel way. 

“It is the first of a series of regular webinars where local experts will describe what lockdown means to local citizens, and how they can safely manage their health. This is more important in Leicester given the particular vulnerability of black and minority ethnic groups to coronavirus. We are in this together.”

Ivan Browne, who is a visiting Professor in Public Health at De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU), said: ““It’s very important to remember that the virus hasn’t gone away – and that we’re still in the middle of an epidemic.

“If we all stay alert and take sensible precautions, we can help stop the spread of this very contagious virus.”

Posted on Tuesday 7th July 2020

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