Health minister Ranjan cautions on Mobile phone addiction

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Imphal: It’s a high time for all to have the idea of proper using of mobile phones, while maximum of the mobile users have become addicted to the use of mobile phones, health minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh said on Saturday.

Ranjan was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of 23rd Annual Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur State Branch held at Jubilee Hall, RIMS, here.

There has been a trend on the use of mobile phones during the last few years. The effect of mobile phones particularly to the children is very alarming. The behavioral change of our children which is being witnessed during the recent past is very alarming. The problem of addiction is not only for children but also to the adults. “We all need to check and have awareness on how to use mobile phones,” he added.

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He maintained that mobile phones though have its multi utilities and impressive impact to the society, the psychological effect of the unwise use of mobile phones by the general public has been highlighted by the psychologists and experts in the field. “We should be careful enough about the ill effects that may be caused by the use of mobile phones.”

The advancement of social media has helped the people to explore new and innovative ideas and information. We can access any sort of information and knowledge through mobile. But our physical activities should not be behind. Parents should check their children while using mobile phones, he added.

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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 for taking up preventive measures. He urged the public not to be panic.

Indian Medical Society, Manipur State Branch president Dr S. Manikanta said that digital addiction includes internet, computer and mobile phones. Digital addiction may cause depression, anxiety, aggressiveness, insomnia and other disorders. To fight this, all need to maintain healthy living, he added.

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Chief guest Ranjan was honoured by the Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur State Branch with appreciation certificate and memento. Distinguished psychiatrists were also honoured with appreciation certificates, mementos and awards as a part of the occasion.

Dr Kh. Sashikaumar Mangang, director Health Services, Manipur, Dr L. Ranjit Singh, director, RIMS, Dr Kh. Lokeshwar Singh, MS, JNIMS, graced the occasion as guests of honour.

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