Imphal: Health and IPR Minister of Manipur, Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, said that it’s high time for all to realise the proper use of mobile phones. Most mobile users have become addicted to it.
The Minister was speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of the inaugural function of the 23rd annual conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur State Branch, held at Jubilee Hall, RIMS, Imphal, on Saturday.
Minister Ranjan said that the effect of mobile phones, particularly on children, is very alarming. The recent behavioural changes in our children have been concerning. Not only children but also adults have become addicted to mobile phones. “We all need to check this and become aware of how to use mobile phones,” he added.
“The advancement of social media has helped people explore new and innovative ideas and information. We can access any sort of information and knowledge through our mobile devices. But we should not neglect physical activity. Parents should check their children’s use of mobile phones,” he added.
Regarding COVID-19, the Minister informed that recently there has been a new variant of COVID found in some countries, according to reports from the ministry. The state is also prepared to take preventive measures. He asked the public not to panic.
Dr. S. Manikanta, President of the Indian Medical Society, Manipur State Branch, stated as a functional president that digital addiction includes the internet, computers, and mobile phones.Digital addiction may cause depression, anxiety, aggressiveness, insomnia, and other disorders. “To combat this, we must maintain healthy living,” he added.
Chief guest Dr. S. Ranjan was also honoured by the Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur State Branch, with an appreciation certificate and memento. Distinguished psychiatrists were also honoured with appreciation certificates, mementos, and awards as part of the occasion.
Director Health Services, Manipur, Dr. Kh. Sashikaumar Mangang; Director, RIMS, Dr. L. Ranjit Singh; and MS, JNIMS, Dr. Kh. Lokeshwar Singh, attended the occasion as guests of honour.