Imphal: It is high time for everyone to have the idea of proper use of mobile phones, while the maximum number of mobile users have become addicted to the use of mobile phones, Health Minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh said on Saturday.
Ranjan speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the 23rd Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur State Branch held at Jubilee Hall, RIMS, here.
There has been a trend regarding the use of cell phones in recent years. The effect of cell phones especially for children is very alarming. The change in behavior of our children that can be seen in the recent past is very alarming. The problem of addiction is not only for children, but also for adults. “We all need to check and be aware of how to use mobile phones,” he added.
He claimed that cell phones despite its multi utilities and impressive impact on society, the psychological effect of the unclear use of cell phones by the general public was highlighted by the psychologists and experts in the field. “We should be careful enough about the ill effects that can be caused by the use of cell phones.”
The advancement of social media has helped people discover new and innovative ideas and information. We can access all kinds of information and knowledge via cell phone. But our physical activities should not be behind. Parents should check their children while using mobile phones, he added.
Regarding Covid-19, the Minister informed that a new variant of Covid has recently been found in some countries according to reports from the Ministry. The state is also prepared to take preventive measures. He urged the public not to panic.
Indian Medical Society, Manipur State Branch President Dr S. Manikanta said that digital addiction includes internet, computer and mobile phones. Digital addiction can cause depression, anxiety, aggressiveness, insomnia and other disorders. To combat this, everyone must maintain a healthy life, he added.
Chief guest Ranjan was honored by Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur State Branch with recognition certificate and memento. Distinguished psychiatrists were also honored with certificates of appreciation, mementos and awards as 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 the guest of honour.