Manipur Health and Family welfare Minister L Jayantakumar on Saturday urged the public to take self-precautions for containing the COVID-19 pandemic. He appealed to maintain health hygiene and follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) notified by the state government.
Launching the campaign for “AYUSH Treatment Intervention in fighting COVID-19” at Pishumthong Community Hall, Imphal Wes, the minister recommended that the surrounding areas must be kept neat and cleaned with proper sanitisation with disinfectants, if necessary. One should try to strengthen the immune system by taking good food and food supplements with physical exercise to protect oneself from the disease, he stated.
The campaign has been launched with the objectives to help boost the immune system of the public to some extent, he further said. The campaign will be continued to cover the remaining parts of the state. A target of reaching out to the maximum population is being kept, he said.
Mentioning about the ill effects of using sodium hypochlorite, Jayantakumar said that using disinfectants like sodium hypochlorite very frequently may cause health hazards since the chemical is harmful to human health according to experts. So, such disinfectants should be used only when there is high necessity, he added.
Jayantakumar appealed to the public to strictly adhere to the health advisories of the state government. He also expressed deep concern over the sudden increase of COVID-19 cases
among the persons without travel history and also among the central paramilitary and armed forces posted in Manipur.
Ayurvedic immune booster products, such as Ayush Immune Plus, Arsenicum Album 30, Chyawanprash etc. were distributed as a part of the inaugural occasion. The minister also distributed the face masks and hand sanitizers to the representatives of the clubs from Keshamthong assembly constituency.
Director department of AYUSH, Manipur Dr Y Lukhoi Singh, member secretary, National Ayush Mission, Manipur, Dr A Guneshore Sharma, social worker Arunapriya, president Yaifa Lamjing Lup, L Haridash Singh and others also attended the launching programme. Representatives from eight clubs and organisations also took part in the occasion.