GRAND BLANC — The Islamic Medical Association of Mid-Michigan, representing Muslim physicians, pharmacists and physical therapists in the area, held an event April 21 at Ascension Genesys Hospital to distribute food cards to those emergency medical personnel who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
Adil Mohammed, spokesman for the IMA, said the organization is working to raise $30,000 to spend toward helping out those health professionals who have been in the area’s hospitals and emergency rooms dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic daily for more than a month now.
The group decided to use the money it raised to purchase $25 grocery cards from Meijer and Kroger, to be distributed to frontline healthcare workers to help them out with some of their daily expenses during the crisis.
“Instead of giving a few people a large sum of money, this was a way to give more people smaller amounts,” said Mohammed. “We’re giving these to people who are actually in COVID units, intensive care units and emergency rooms.”
Mohammed said the cards will be distributed to all three area hospitals: Ascension Genesys, McLaren Flint and Hurley Medical Center.
With about one-third of the money spent of grocery cards, the IMA then placed an order for 1,000 N95 personal protection masks and distributed those between the three hospitals.
Last item, said Mohammed, was a plan to spend some money on temporary accommodations for those medical personnel staying at hotels or in the housing provided by the University of Michigan-Flint to avoid exposing family members to the virus.
“These three main goals show the support from our organization, support for the front-line workers,” he said. “The frontline workers are the hardest hit. They are just overwhelmed. I have not personally been in any of the hospitals, but our members say frontline workers are bearing the burden of this pandemic and they need to be supported in as many ways as we can.”
Mohammed said the organization considers these three ways of helping as being the most impactful.
So far, the group has raised $20,000 of its $30,000 goal. It continues to seek donations at www.launchgood.com/ covid19_ relief.
“The Islamic traditions remind us, ‘The best among you are those who bring greatest benefits to others’ – Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him),” said Dr. Sajid Chaudhry, current President of the IMA.
The Islamic Medical Association Mid-Michigan (founded in 1994) is one of the largest and most active medical professionals’ associations in Genesee County. It is committed to supporting the healthcare needs of the local community by providing healthcare leadership, professional development, and relief work.
Details: Visit www.imaflint.com.