Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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IT News
Imphal, June 5:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated Iland Covid Care Centre at Canchipur, Langthabal Kunja, Imphal West District. The Centre which has a capacity of around 60 beds is the first in Manipur to have earmarked half of its capacity for Children below 15 years of age. The Centre is equipped with oxygen concentrators for treatment of Covid-19 positive patients who need oxygen supply and will be manned by 15 doctors, 21 nurses and other staff.
While addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister expressed his thankfulness to the owner of the Iland Hospital for letting the Government use the hospital premise as Covid Care Centre without taking any consideration in return. He stated that at the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, the State had faced shortages of certain facilities like oxygen supply, ventilators and ICU beds among others. However, with the prompt action taken up by all concerned officials round the clock, the State now had adequate facilities for treatment of Covid-19 positive patients and to curb its spread.
N. Biren further informed that the State had now acquired adequate stocks of oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators and added that the number of ICU beds had also been considerably increased from merely around 40 earlier to 200 now. He further stated that 70 new ICU beds with ventilators had been set up in JNIMS and would be ready to use in a couple of days. Another 30 ICU beds would be added soon to make it 100, he added. He also assured that the Government is in process to increase the number of ICU beds to 10 in every district.
He stated that a Liquid Medical Oxygen Cryogenic Storage Tank of 20 KL would also be installed at Porompat within this month and with this, the State will not have any dearth in oxygen supply. He advised the people of the State not to panic with the pandemic as it can be cured within 14 days by medication if detected early and appealed to be careful and disciplined by adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Government. He also urged the public not to circulate any misleading information in social media regarding matters related to the pandemic and added that the Government would take stringent action for playing with human life in this crucial time.
The Chief Minister also planted a tree sapling at the Iland hospital campus in connection with World Environment Day 2021. He appealed to everyone in the State to plant at least one tree on this day and to stand against large scale deforestation.
Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei; Advisor to Chief Minister (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan; Principal Secretary V. Vumlunmang; Secretary to Chief Minister N. Geoffrey; Secretary, Government of Manipur Chiphang Arthur Worchuiyo and other Government officials attended the programme among others.
Later, from the Iland Hospital, the Chief Ministerial team headed to Manipur University and took stock of the arrangement being made for setting up Covid Care Centre at the newly constructed Men’s Hostel of the University. It is reported that the Centre will have a capacity of 150 beds each in two hostel blocks.
N. Biren also planted a tree sapling at the campus of the University after the inspection of the Centre.

Joint prayer of all religions on June 7
IT News
Imphal, June 2:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh interacted with leaders of different religious organisations to create more awareness about COVID-19 among the masses at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Public Health Engineering Minister L. Dikho, CAF, and PD Minister Th. Satyabrata, MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba, representatives from All Manipur Christian Organization, Sanamahi Temple Board, All Manipur Catholic Union, Govindajee Temple Board, Diocesan Social Service Society, Jamait-Ul-Ulama, and other religious organizations of Islam faith attended the interaction session.
N. Biren Singh said that the Government has been putting in all possible efforts to ensure that nobody dies of COVID-19 in the State due to a shortage of medicine, oxygen, equipment, manpower etc. The Government is also trying hard to effectively implement the SoPs and create as much awareness about the pandemic as possible.
As such, the meeting has been called understanding the roles which religious bodies and leaders can play in sensitizing the public, the Chief Minister contended. They can immensely contribute to educating the masses not only on the importance of following the SoPs but also on the need for early detection of the disease through timely testing and early medication through vaccination. He also observed that such awareness can be well spread through churches, mosques, and temples.
Later, it was resolved in the meeting that as there is the need for a joint effort now, religious bodies and leaders should take proactive roles in spreading awareness. Joint prayer of all religions to seek divine intervention to end COVID-19 and save everybody from the pandemic would also be held at the western gate of Kangla at 10 am on June 7.
Apart from it, a mass prayer for the people of the Christian faith will be held across the State on June 6. Similarly, mass prayer for Muslims and Hindus would be held on June 4 while the date for the mass prayer of the Sanamahi religion would be announced later.

IT News
Imphal, June 2:

State Executive conferred Committee has relaxed restrictions on some activities like opening and ferrying of loaded trucks as well as other essential sectors even though curfew has still been enforcing in the state of Manipur
As Petroleum products and other goods transporters have been left out of the purview of the curfew. Essential sectors associated with transport have also been relaxed by an order of the State Executive conferred Committee.
Opening of workshops of goods trucks, Petrol tankers, LPG bullets within the Municipal Area are also allowed to open from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. by taking adequate protection and strictly following Covid Appropriate Behavior.
Opening of spare parts shops One out of three spare parts shops, three tyre shops and three battery shops of heavy vehicles in Thangal Bazaar is allowed to open from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on all days except Sunday. Roster in this regard to be prepared by the DC and SP/IW.
Authorized dealers of spare parts, tyre and batteries of heavy vehicles located outside Thangal Bazaar may also be allowed to open from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. This permission is subject to taking adequate precaution and strictly following Covid Appropriate Behaviour.
Opening of Insurance Offices- Following four (a) United India Insurance Co. Ltd., Thangal Bazaar (b) National Insurance Company Ltd., Thangal Bazaar (c) The new India Insurance Company Ltd., Chingmeirong Nepali Basti (d) The Oriental India Insurance Company Ltd., Thangal Bazaar are allowed to open with limited staff from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
All Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police have been directed to take necessary action to implement the orders strictly.

IT News
Imphal, June 2:

The fifth talk of the Virtual Series of National Talks, organised by Fit India Campaign Committee and Fit India Club, Manipur University as a part of Fit India Movement, has been conducted today with Dr. R.K. Lenin Singh, Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Manipur, Imphal who is also psychiatrist by profession who has a passion to serve the community, to facilitate healthy and happy lifestyle amongst the common population, speaking on “Stress Management during Pandemic”. The session has been moderated by Dr. Laimayum Bishwanath Sharma, Dean, Students’ Welfare, Manipur University and Chairman, Fit India Club, M.U. and co-moderated by Dr. Salam Shantikumar Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, M.U. Dr. Laishram Santosh Singh, Convener, Fit India Campaign Committee and Fit India Club, Manipur University, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, M.U. has welcomed to all the panelists, Dr. R.K. Lenin Singh as a speaker, Moderator, Co-moderator and participants of the fifth session. Co-moderator, Dr. Salam Shantikumar Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, M.U. has introduced the speaker of the day to the participants and the session has been handed over to the Moderator.

pp.jpgAt the very outset, Dr. R.K. Lenin Singh mentioned that the modern world is a world of stress. Though we have been coping well with the stress during the normal time before the pandemic, with the coming up of this sudden pandemic, it becomes difficult to cope and creating more stress among the people. It is said that there is no life without challenges, but we need to do something to overcome such challenges. Similarly, there are no people without stress, but management is required. It’s not good to keep holding the stress, as fast as possible, it is better to ventilate the stress. He has explained different kinds of stressors, types of stress and different indicators of stress in our body, mind, emotions and behavior. Response of our brain towards acute stress leads to a decrease in digestive system activity, increase in blood pressure and increase in heart rate. Chronic stress may lead to skin problems, stomach problems, problems relating to Pancreas, Immune System, Head problems, Heart problems, Intestine problems, problems in the reproductive system and problems in joints and muscles.
He has express, Stress as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Stress is the body’s response to anything that requires attention. stress is not always easy to recognize, but there are some ways to identify some signs that it might be experiencing too much pressure, there are a few signs that is Psychological signs such as difficulty concentrating, worrying anxiety, and trouble remembering, Emotional signs such as being angry, irritated, moody, or frustrated, Physical signs such as high blood pressure, changes in weight, frequent colds or infections, and changes in the menstrual cycle and libido, Behavioural signs such as poor self-care, not having time for the things you enjoy, or relying on drugs and alcohol to cope.
Further, in his lecture, Laughter is a great form of stress management, and that’s no joke. A good laugh has great short-term and long-term positive effects. Exercise is one of the best strategies for managing stress. Physical exercise can help lower overall stress levels and improve the quality of life, both mentally and physically. Exercising regularly can have a positive effect on mood by relieving the tension, anxiety, anger, and mild depression that often go hand-in-hand with stress. It can improve the quality of sleep, which can be negatively impacted by stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also help boost confidence levels.
Talking about Covid-19 Pandemic and mental health, he has mentioned that this pandemic is creating various problems in the mental health of the people like fear and apprehension, sleeps disturbance, change in appetite, difficulty in adaptability, irritability, boredom and frustration, domestic violence, substance abuse and even worried well also. He also mentioned that lack of knowledge of Covid-19, lack of healthy behaviors, news of lack ineffective treatment, economic problems, the impact of social media and Quarantine/Lockdown/Curfew itself are some of the major factors worsening fear and panic among the people. He has advised all the people with co-morbidities to take vaccines at the earliest possible after consultation.
Sharing about how to manage stress, along with hacking of Happiness Chemicals like Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and Endorphin, daily physical exercises, laughter, performing hobbies, meditation, mindfulness in breathing, in eating, in yoga exercise, positive thinking, imagery relaxation and joyful de-cluttering will keep us away from stressors. He has also shared various guidelines of WHO in coping with stress during this Covid-19 pandemic. He is of the opinion that if we want to survive this pandemic, we have to accept the fact of the Covid-19 disease, we should keep our hope alive, have self-confidence that you can overcome this, love ourselves, help others, take responsibility to prevent and protect from this pandemic and develop spirituality in our souls. As a concluding remark, he has told that it is time for all of us to held high our heads and overcome this Covid-19 pandemic. Forget the past, don’t worry for the future, but live in the present. Rewiring is important.
In the discussion session, he has answered various questions from, Kangujam Ronald, Thangjam Medha Devi, Budhachandra, Thoungamba, Okram Palin, Mayanglambam Banita and others. The fifth Virtual Series of National Talks has been concluded with the speaker answering satisfactorily the questions put up by the participants and thanking Dr. R.K. Lenin Singh for sharing his in-depth knowledge and information on the topic by the Moderator and Convenor. Convenor, Dr. Laishram Santosh Singh also requested all the participants to take part in the next session to be held on 4th June, 2021 at 11 am., on the topic “Nutrition Self Management during Pandemic” by EKKTA KUNDU, QUA Nutritionist, Bangalore.

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