Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh Friday launched AYUSH-64, a polyherbal formulation, in the State at a simple programme organized by the Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Manipur at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The same can be used in the treatment of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and those with mild and moderate symptoms.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren stated that the use of AYUSH-64 (tablet) had been approved by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India for use by adults (above 18 years of age) in treatment of COVID-19. Maintaining that the tablet had been approved after proper clinical trials, he said that it would be useful in treating asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 patients as the same is purely organic and will not have any side effects.
Regarding the rapid spread of positive cases in the State, he stated that 20 samples were sent for testing to know the variant of the virus, of which 18 samples came out to be of the new variant called Delta variant. Stating that the said variant had been the major cause of rapid spread, he informed that home isolation patients would be provided additional medicines useful in treatment of this variant. Apart from this, home isolation patients would also be provided 20 triple-layer masks each, hand sanitizer with extra medicines from today, he added.
He appealed to the public to come up with constructive criticisms and encourage the work of health and frontline workers rather than just pointing out mistakes and taking up negative propaganda in this crucial hour of the pandemic. Maintaining that saving precious lives of the people is the utmost priority of the Government, he further urged people not to believe in misleading information regarding the pandemic and to get vaccinated at the earliest.
He urged the public to be more careful and follow COVID Appropriate Behaviours and Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Government from time to time to prevent infection from the new variant. He stressed the need to be more responsible on the part of the public and even to not go to public spaces until he or she got vaccinated. He also added that the State Government had been taking up all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic and also sought support of all the stakeholders in its fight against it.
It may be mentioned that Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju had earlier launched the AYUSH-64 on 7th May this year for nationwide distribution campaign for benefit of the vast majority of out-of-hospital COVID-19 patients.
The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had also recently completed a robust Multi Centre Clinical Trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AYUSH-64 in the management of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. It was found that AYUSH-64 reduces the duration for clinical recovery in terms of diseases, symptoms and severity.
Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi, Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen and officials also attended the programme.