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Manipur University: Dated 30th June,2020 ( Tuesday)
    Since the beginning of Covid19 pandemic there have been reports on increasing pressure on mental health whether it is the loss of a job or fear of loosing one, monetary problems, security of food items, continuous onslaught of worry by increase in numbers of COVID positive cases, lockdown on movement or workplace or Institutions, worry of Exams or careers etc. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, palpitations, fear, sadness, feeling of hopelessness, depressed mood, fatigue, sleep disorders, emptyness and failure in daily task sets in which ultimately affects the mental health of a person.  In times like this taking a break, reaching out, taking time off for sleep, exercise & entertainment and taking help of experts shall help.
    The departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University in accordance with the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 developed by Manipur University initiated Awareness campaigns on COVID19 under the theme " What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19 ?" with contributions made by the Teachers and Students of the said two Departments. Within the period 14th May to 30th June,2020 the said Departments have covered 101 places. On 30th June,2020 Yumnam Sunanda Devi, Research Scholar (Plant physiology) sensitized a group of persons at Loklaobung, Imphal West on the protective steps against COVID19.
    With this the Departments of Zoology and Botany wish to close the initiated Awareness campaigns. A closing programme of the awareness campaigns against COVID19 initiated by the said two Departments shall be held at the Court hall at 11 am on Monday, the 6th July, 2020.

Yumnam Sunanda Devi at Loklaobung, Imphal West

 

Manipur University : Dated the 29 th June,2020 ( Monday)
The departments of Botany and Zoology, Manipur University undertook an initiative in which the Teachers and Students visited different areas of Manipur and organized Awareness Campaigns on Covid-19 with funds contributed by themselves. Since it’s start on May 14, 2020 upto today 100 places have been covered. On 29th June,2020 an awareness Campaign on the preventive measures against Covid-19 was conducted by V. Yuringwon Zimik, Research Scholar (Ecology) at 7.45 am at Sirarakhong Village, Ukhrul district. Rozina Yendrembam, Research Scholar of Plant Physiology organized another awareness at Khurai Kongpal Laishram Leikai. In another gathering at Phalong (Bhalok) village, Tamenglong district one Research Scholar of Ecology Gaikhuanlung Ngaomei sensitized a few villagers regarding Covid-19. The places covered are listed below :

Sl. No.

Venue

1

Langthabal Kunja Awang Leikai

2

Nambol Shri. Shri. Gouranitai Mandir Mandop

3

Bishnupur Muslim Angalwadi Centre, Bishnupur – 3

4

Kha Naorem Leikai, Imphal

5

Nongmeibung

6

Nongmeibung Pung makhong Awang

7

Manipur University Type II & III Quarters

8

Nongmeibung Development Meirapaibi Assocation Office

9

Keinou Thongkha

10

Kakching Khunou

11

Charoikhullen Village, Loktak Project

12

Terakhongshabi Mamang Leikai

13

Langthabal

14

Tangkham Mayai Leikai, Khundrakpam

15

Kakching Wairi Khunyai Leikai

16

Thoubal Melaground

17

Tentha Khunou Bazar

18

Nongpok Lourembam

19

Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leirak

20

Sagolband Tera Thingbaijam Leirak

21

Kongba Laishram Leikai

22

Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai

23

Sangaiyumpham

24

Yairipok Kekru Mathak Leikai

25

Lairenjam Awang Leikai

26

Sagolband TAkyel kolom Leikai

27

Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai

28

Athokpam Awang Leikai

29

Singjamei Chingamakhng Chongtham Leikai

30

Khangshim Village, Tengnoupal

31

Wangkhem Mayai Leikai

32

Singjamei Wangma Mongkhanglambi

33

Pechi Makha Leikai

34

Singjamei Makha Naorem Leikai

35

Khurai Thangjam Leikai

36

Sagolband Salam Leikai

37

Sagolband Meino Leirak

38

Brahmapur Bhagabati Leikai

39

Daluan Mandai Village, Loktak Project

40

Chingamakha Liwa Road Ningthoujam Leikai

41

Lairembi Leikai, National Games Village

42

Ladies Hostel no. 4, M.U.

43

Solapata, Odisha

44

Thamlakhuren Village, Chandel

45

Uripok Khumanthem Leikai Aribam Mandop

46

Wangbal Thoubal

47

Brahmapur Aribam Leikai

48

Moirangkhom Chingakham Nongthombam Leikai

49

Keishamthong Maning Longjam Leikai

50

Kakwa Makha Nameirakpam Leikai

51

Heirok part III Ngarouthel Leikai

52

Kakching Paji Leikai

53

Irom Meijrao Makha Leikai

54

Kongba Uchekon

55

Quarantine centre, Standard College

56

Wangoi

57

Heijingang Market

58

Uripok Gopalaji Leirak

59

Luwangsangbam Makha Leikai

60

Lamphel

61

Basikhong Torban Leikai

62

Naorem Chaprou, Samurou

63

Bamon Kampu, Imphal East

64

Singjamei Okram Leikai

65

Singjamei

66

Soibam Leikai

67

Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai

68

Haobam Marak Kangjam Leikai

69

Saikot, Churachandpur

70

Thounaojam, Bishnupur District

71

Luwangsangbam Awang Leikai

72

Thoubal Ningombam Thongju Leikai

73

Thanga Salam Leikai

74

Moirang Bazar (Police)

75

Khongman Bashikhong

76

Ghari Mayai Leikai

77

Mangolnganbi College, Ningthoukhong

78

Khurai Thoudam Leikai (with Chingangbam Leikai)

79

Ningthoukhong Awang Leikai

80

Kongba Uchekon Konsam Leirak

81

Thanga Ngaram Leikai

82

Thoubal Khekman Mayai Leikai

83

Kwakeithel Sega Road Thouda Bhabhok Leikai

84

Ekheiningthou Mandop Malom Tulihal Makha Leikai

85

Nirmala Rani High English School Thiyam Leishangkhong, Wangoi

86

Yumnam Huidrom

87

Thangmeiband Polem Leikai

88

Maopungdong Village, Senapati District

89

Poirei Nawakon, Leimakon Women’s Abode Complex, Achanbigei, Koirengei

90

Keishampat Konjeng Hazari Leikai near Sanaleibak Press

91

Lamboikhongangkhong Mitra Samaj Leirak

92

Chandpur maning leikai, Keibul road

93

Patients in a clinic and workers at a construction site at Kwakeithel, Imphal

94

Irom bamol mandop, Liwa Road

95

Thiyam Konjil Mamang Leikai

96

Yairipok Singa, Thoubal District

97

Kakching Salam Leikai, Ward no. 3

98

Sirarakhong Village, Uhrul District

99

Khurai Kongpal Laishram Leikai

100

Phalong(Bhalok) Village, Tamenglong District








V. Yuringwon Zimik at Sirarakhong Village, Ukhrul dist

Rozina Yendrembam at Khurai Kongpal Laishram leikai

Gaikhuanlung Ngaomei at Phalong (Bhalok) Village, Tamenglong dist.

 

Manipur University: Dated 28th June,2020 (Sunday)
Are we crossing the local transmission stage (Stage II) of Covid19 pandemic in Manipur ?
    COVID19 pandemic transmission has four stages. First stage is where Covid positive people are with travel history. The second stage consist of local transmission i.e. among family, friends or frontline warriors. The third stage is the stage where the disease is very contagious, difficult to control & the sources are untraceable. The last stage i.e. the 4th Stage happens when the spread is uncontrollable. There will be major clusters of spread and many People will be infected. In Manipur spread has been mostly at the local level as reported in local news channels.
    In continuation of the theme " What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19?" the Departments of Zoology and Botany had been organising Covid19 awareness campaigns. Yumlembam Ronuchandra Singh, Research Scholar ( Plant physiology) organised a gathering at Lamboikhongnangkhong Mitra Samaj leirak, Imphal West and delivered a talk on Covid19. On the other hand another Scholar of the same Specialization, Bikram Oinam distributed masks and Sanitizers to the fish farmers at Chandpur Maning leikai, Keibul road, Bishenpur district on the 27th June, 2020 besides making them familiar with the protocols for protection against COVID19. Lourembam Chanu Bonita of Plant physiology sansitized several Patients in a Clinic and workers at a construction site at Kwakeithel, Imphal on Covid19 pandemic on the 28 th June,2020. At Irom Bamol mandap, Liwa road, Irom leikai, Imphal West S.Khonachand Singh, Research Scholar ( plant pathology) initiated a programme in which a few resource persons including himself spoke about the disease to a gathering in the morning of 28.06.2020. In another gathering in the evening of 28th June,2020 at Yairipok Singa, Thoubal district Sheikh Benazir, Research Scholar (Plant physiology) elaborated on Covid19 & remedial measures.
    With around 150 participants consisting of people of all ages a Covid19 awareness campaign was organised on 28.06.2020 at 3.30 pm at Thiyam Konjil mamang leikai in collaboration with Young Star development organization and Leishembi Ima village level federation, Thiyam konjil. Chanam Nungsithoi Leima, Nongthombam ongbi Keinahanbi Leima, Th. Samananda, Th.Romen, Prof. N. Mohilal and Th. Kongang were the Presidium members. From the University side Lebanan Keisham, Dollyca Ningombam, Birjit Singh Waikhom and Kshetrimayum Ophelia took part in the Campaign. An interaction program was also arranged after the lectures. Masks and hand sanitizers manufactured by the departments were also distributed to the Participants. Again, M.Alina Devi, Research Scholar (Ecology) conducted another awareness campaign at Kakching Salam leikai, ward no.3 where She emphasized on proper hand washing techniques, wearing of face masks and prevention of community transmission. Lemon grass leaves were also distributed.

 


Yumlembam Ronuchandra Singh at Lamboikhongnangkhong Mitra Samaj leirak


Bikram Oinam distributing Masks and Sanitizers at Chandpur Maning leikai, Keibul road

Lourembam Chanu Bonita at Kwakeithel


S Khonachand Singh at Liwa road, Irom leikai.


Sheikh Benazir at Yairipok Singa


Awareness campaign at Thiyam konjil mamang leikai on 28.06.2020.


M. Alina Devi, Research Scholar (Ecology) at Kakching Salam leikai

 

 

Manipur University: Dated the 27 th June,2020 ( Saturday)
AS AN AFTERMATH STEP OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SHOULD WE ADOPT
AN OPTIMISTIC STEP OR A PASSIMISTIC ONE ?

The 2011 movie ‘Contagion’ directed by Steven Soderberg provided a warning about the precariousness of the human condition. The movie showed the arrival of a fictional virus that killed millions of people worldwide thereby jeopardizing lives, health and economy, which was very much like the present condition.
The threat of the Pandemic is not going away. Of course, a cure to COVID-19 will be found & normalcy will return slowly. But the question is what will be the condition after the coronavirus pandemic. Here pessimistic views and optimistic views come into play. In pessimistic scenario Societies may tend to withdraw instead of reaching out and paranoid reactions may come to the fore. While in an optimistic scenario greater solidarity & unity among people may bring miracles. One example is coordinated efforts of Scientists all over the globe may bring faster cure for Covid-19.
As a part of the theme “What can you do for the Society regarding COVID- 19?” the departments of Botany and Zoology, Manipur University organized a special programme for the Children of Poirei Nawakon at Achanbigei. In the said Programme the Children were given hands on training on washing of hands, personal hygiene, wearing of mask and details of other protocols to be followed by Lebanan Keisham, S. Mexico Singh, S. Sushilkumar Singh, Jenishkumar Thingujam and Nikysana Mayengbam. A special session with refreshments was also arranged for the Children. On the other hand B. Koshoni Pekosii, Research Scholar (Plant Physiology) conducted an awareness meet at Maopungdong village, Senapati District on the 26th June,2020. Ng. Lucky Devi, Research Scholar ( Fishery) also organized an awareness campaign at Keishampat Konjeng Hazari leikai, near Sanaleibak Press, where She discussed on the present effects and aftereffects of Covid-19 pandemic.

Programme at children home, Achanbigei


Nikysana Mayengbam interacting with the Children.

B. Koshoni Pekosii at Maopungdong Village, Senapati

Ng. Lucky Devi at Keishampat Konjeng Hazari leikai.


 

Manipur University : Dated the 26 th June,2020
ALWAYS HAVE AN ADDED LAYER OF PROTECTION
Covid-19 Pandemic has taught us to be aware about our personal hygiene. It is always recommended to have an added layer of protection be it in the form of face mask, PPE or simple face shield. A combination of 1 or 2 of the above is always beneficial while moving in crowded places. The face mask partially protects ourselves from the attack of the Virus and also help in preventing the spread of the disease from us while we cough or sneeze. Staying connected with neighbors and relatives through digital made is always beneficial. Making a phone list of family, neighbors, doctors, ambulance and health Institutes is always a good preparedness. Crowded places, travelling from one State to another or one Country to another should be avoided as far as possible during the Pandemic. Staying away from sick persons if not wearing protective gears, washing hands often with soaps, not touching face, taking a bath with warm water after returning home from work or market, washing used clothes with detergents everyday just after return, immersing groceries in salt water for 30 minutes, rubbing of plastic covers of food items purchased with a strong detergent & subsequent sponging after 30 minutes with simple water are all good measures against the spread of the disease.
The Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University has been continuing with their COVID-19 awareness Campaigns under the theme “ What can you do for the Society regarding COVID-19 ?”. Today the 26 th June, 2020 two awareness Campaigns – one at Nirmala Rani High English School, Thiyam leishangkhong, Wangoi and another at Yumnam Huidrom were organized by Sharungbam Lousingleima, 4 th Semester Zoology Student,MU. Samadram Sushilkumar Singh, Sorokhaibam Mexico Singh, Research Scholars, Jenishkumar Thingujam and Sharungbam Lousingleima, 4 th Semester Students of Zoology spoke on various aspects of COVID-19 and its prevention. At Nirmala Rani High English School a quiz competition was also organized for the Students of the School after the lectures. Smt. Sharungbam Helena Devi, Founder, Nirmala Rani High English School, Thiyam Leishangkhong contributed a sum of Rs.3000/- towards the Campaigns. The members of the Departments of Botany and Zoology, MU are highly indebted to her for her generous contributions.

Sharungbam  Lousingleima at Nirmala Rani high English School, Thiyam Leishangkgong, Wangoi

Jenishkumar Thingujam at Yumnam Huidrom speaking on Covid19 on 26.6.2020

Distribution of masks manufactured by the departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University

 

In another gathering at Thangmeiband Polem leikai Angom Amala, Research Scholar (Fishery)  talked on Covid19 pademic and steps to guard against the disease.

Angom Amala at Thangmeiband Polem leikai.

Manipur University: Dated the 25th June, 2020
EQUAL RISK, UNEQUAL BURDEN
    In a study upto May, 2020 titled "Equal risk, unequal burden? Gender differentials in Covid19 mortality in India." Published in the Journal of Global health sciences the fatality rate for females was 3.3% while that of Males was 2.9% suggesting Females were at a higher risk in India. For Manipur luckily there was no death due to COVID19.
    Can it hold water if I say that we are better equipped to deal with Covid virus than those in other places. Studies in Asian countries like Japan suggests that Asians have lower rate of COVID19 deaths. This may be due to high immunity or our genes are better supportive in fighting the pathogens or the compulsory vaccination against TB may be one reason or our diets of eating fermented products may have helped. Whatever be the reason we are lucky that in Manipur there is no death yet due to Covid19. But once mutation of the Virus occurs and community transmission starts things won't be the same again. You will see a new dimension of the disease. So the safest is to observe the protocols put up by different agencies. Stay home, stay safe, maintain physical distancing, wear masks, stay away from visiting other persons etc are the main things to be observed.
    In continuation of the pilot project themed "What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19?" of the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University and with funds donated by the teachers and students of the said departments an awareness campaign was organised at Sega road Thouda Bhabok leikai on the 24th June,2020 by Nikysana Mayengbam, 2nd Semester Zoology student. S. Mexico Singh, S.Sushilkumar Singh & Jenishkumar Thingujam were the other speakers. In another gathering organised at Ekheiningthou mandop, Malom Tulihal makha leikai by Sarda Sinam, 2nd Semester Zoology student lectures on Covid19 & precautions to be taken were delivered by Sagolsen Bijiya, 4th Semester Zoology (Entomology), S. Sushilkumar Singh, S.Mexico Singh and Jenishkumar Thingujam. Cotton masks manufactured by the departments were also distributed to the Participants.

Nikysana Mayengbam at Sega road Thouda Bhabok leikai

Sarda Sinam at Malom Tulihal makha leikai.

Sagolsen Bijiya  giving a lecture on COVID19 at Malom Tulihal makha leikai.

S. Mexico Singh and S. Sushilkumar Singh, Research Scholars delivering talks on COVID19 at Kwakeithel Sega road.

Manipur University: Dated 23rd June, 2020
Can Coronavirus be transmitted through groceries, shopping bags or food items ?
    A question many ask during the awareness campaigns in different parts of Manipur for which there is no definite answer as regards Manipur. Coronavirus spreads through a sick person's cough or sneezes. If someone breathe the sprey droplets or swallow them, the virus gets into the body. Someone may also touch one's own  mouth, nose or even eyes after touching a virus polluted surface. A Covid virus can live for 2 - 3 days on plastics or steel surfaces and on paper they my be alive for one day. As for Manipur, whatever have been brought from outside by trucks or trains will have been sanitized by sunlight as these transport mediums take 2 - 3 days to reach Manipur. Inside Manipur there is no chance of spreading the virus through groceries, bags or food items as whoever is positive for COVID19 has been quarentined. If by chance positive people without symptoms are roaming around unknowingly, that is where we have to take maximum precautions. As of now for safety people can use salt water to wash our grocery items & detergents for plastic covered items & clothes.
    In continuation of the pilot project themed "What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19 ?" of the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University Laishram Sanjoy Singh, Research Scholar (Parasitology) interacted with a small group at Thanga ngaram leikai, Bishenpur district on the 22nd June, 2020. In a similar way Thongam Buskin  Singh, a student of M.Sc. II Semester (Zoology), who is also the Class representative of Zoology students organised an awareness campaign at Thoubal Khekman  mayai leikai on the 23rd June, 2020. S.Sushilkumar Singh and S.Mexico Singh, Research Scholars also spoke on various aspects of COVID19 in the said gathering.
                  

Laishram Sanjoy Singh at Thanga Ngaram Leikai.


Thongam Buskin Singh, S.Sushilkumar Singh & S.Mexico Singh delivering a lecture on COVID19 prevention at Thoubal Khekman Mayai Leikai on 23.06.2020

Manipur University: Dated the 21st June,2020 (Sunday)
Necessity is the mother of invention - Can we expect the correctness of the Statement during the COVID19 in Manipur ?
        COVID19 has altered lifestyles. Sanitizing things before use, maintaining physical distancing, wearing of masks in public places, use of face shields, working from home, online classes and maximum use of digital life have become a part of our lives. Because this is the only way we can distance the disease from us. Until the Vaccine is found life shall continue in this form. Whoever arrives from outside has to stay 14 days in Institutional Quarentine Centres. Even if their tests become negative another 14 days home quarentine or community Quarentine is necessary. In Manipur People who has finished 14 days Institutional Quarentine and who are also found negative for Sars- cov-2  are advised home quarentine or community Quarentine. But things are not that simple. In these 14 days of home quarentine many are found to be visiting friends & relatives, having picnics & parties, which are totally against the protocols announced by the government.  It  can   be noted with gratitude that in some hill stations like Ukhrul and Mao special temporary Quarentine homes are constructed with facilities for individual washrooms and kitchen by the local civil societies. This has made the fight against the pandemic more meaningful. Local NGOs and Village authorities have made it a strict  practice to be adhered. This comes from necessity and the desire to fortify ourselves from the pandemic. But all are not like that. We cannot expect everyone to follow whatever has  been expected of them.  But we have to remember the present pathogen does not discriminate between poor or rich,  colour, sex or our worth. It simply wants to enter our body the moment we come in contact with it. Once the lockdown is opened completely we expect crowded public transports, crowded markets, malls & hospitals with Physical distancing thrown to the wind. If it is like that What is the use of having such a long lockdown. We need to be aware and adjust our lives accordingly & think of creative ideas that can help in  breaking  the chain of the Virus.
           For common people to realise the gravity of the situation and bring out their best creativity the departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University have been organising awareness campaigns at different locations in Manipur. Under their pilot project themed "What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19?" Kirankumar Salam, Research Scholar (Entomology) conducted an awareness campaign at Ningthoukhong Awang Leikai on the 20th June,2020.  K. Boynao Meitei, MTS of the said Departments took the initiative of organising another awareness on COVID19 at Kongba Uchekon konsam leirak on the 21st June,2020. Lebanan Keisham, Research Scholar (Parasitology) and Birjit Singh Waikhom, Research Scholar (Genetics) spoke on various aspects of prevention against COVID19 in the said gathering.
        Meanwhile, the Students of M.Sc. 4th Semester Parasitology specialization of the department of Zoology, MU developed a short video aimed at providing the basic ideas of protection against the Covid  disease. The video has been uploaded in the Social media's for wider circulation.
        
       

Kirankumar Salam at Ningthoukhong Awang Leikai on 20th June, 2020

K. Boynao Meitei, Lebanan Keisham, Research Scholar (Parasitology) and Birjit Singh Waikhom, Research Scholar (Genetics) spoke on various aspects of prevention against COVID19 at Kongba Uchekon konsam leirak on the 21st June,2020. They distributed cotton masks manufactured by the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University.

Manipur University : Date - 19.06.2020
       What do you expect after the lockdown is lifted completely ?
        A question without a valid answer. We expect a lot of Chaos. But it is for sure that COVID19 will be there with us for quite sometime until a concrete vaccine is available. In the meantime physical distancing, wearing of Masks &  face shield, use of Sanitizers & washing of hand frequently, working from home, online classes and meetings shall continue as a normal routine. But are we really ready for such changes? It's a big question.
          In order to aid in managing such a paradigm the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University initiated a pilot project themed ' What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19 ?' with private contributions made by the teachers and Research Scholars of the said Departments. As a follow up of the programme Thoudam Bishaya, Research Scholar (Parasitology) organised an awareness campaign at Khurai Thoudam leikai for the Public leaders of Thoudam leikai and Chingangbam leikai. Dr Solemn Thoudam of Khurai Chingangbam leikai, S.Sushilkumar Singh, S.Mexico Singh and Lebanan Keisham, Research Scholars of Parasitology section spoke on various aspects of COVID19 in the said Programme.

Thoudam Bishaya, Research Scholar ( Parasitology) at Khurai Thoudam leikai

Dr Solemn Thoudam speaking on Covid disease.

S. Sushilkumar Singh, Research Scholar (Parasitology) giving a lecture on the Paradigm associated with the present pandemic.

S Mexico Singh demonstrating the correct wearing of masks & use of Sanitizers.

Distribution of 2/3 layered cotton masks  manufactuted by the Departments of Zoology and Botany, MU to the Participants

 

 

Manipur University : Dated 17th June,2020
FICTION AND REALITY - Is there any difference?
         In Albert Camus's novel 'The Plague' the dying of Rats was followed by Human deaths. At first the leaders did not acknowledge the epidemic but were forced to take the situation seriously. With martial law imposed, no one was allowed to enter or leave the City. Law and order broke down, funerals turned into rush jobs with no ceremony or without any relatives mourning nearby. Eventually a Vaccine was developed and quarentine was lifted. I was sometimes made to think on whether there was any difference between what the novel said and the  Present situation.
           In Manipur inspite of the danger looming large and the positive cases being above 500 People tend to be more careless. Free movement without Physical distancing and throwing away all precautions including wearing of masks in public places have become the norm of the day. Is it because of a wrong signal from the government or is it because People feel that no harm will come to them. Or is the news of COVID19 positive cases becoming negative within a few days making the people behave in this way. Only time will tell. But until then We cannot stop what we are doing.
            As a follow up of the Pilot project themed "What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19 ?" With donations contributed by the Teachers and Research Scholars of the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University  N. Sony Meetei and R.K. Birjit Singh, Research Scholars (Biodiversity) organised a seminar on COVID19 for the Staffs of Mangolnganbi College and local surrounding People at Mangolnganbi College, Ningthoukhong on the 17th June,2020 (Wednesday). On Tuesday, the 16th June,2020 Heikham Dayami, Research Scholar (Fishery) interacted with a group at Ghari mayai leikai. In a similar way RK.Sanachaoba, Research Scholar ( Parasitology) took part in a Programme at Khongman Basikhong on the 15th June,2020.
        
N. Sony Meetei delivered a lecture on COVID19 at Mangolnganbi College.

RK. Birjit Singh making his point in a Seminar on COVID19 at Mangolnganbi College on the 17th June,2020.

Heikham Dayami at Ghari Mayai leikai.
 

Manipur University, dated 15/06/2020:

Crises creates  greater solidarity. When people unite, miracles can happen.  From evolutionary point of view, health comes from community. Human life doesn’t thrive in isolation. The pandemic has given us an opportunity to restore lost connections and create more cooperative societies. It’s time that we create  more connections for a better future.
As regards controlling COVID 19 Pandemic in Manipur  a better coordinated effort is needed in between Government agencies and the Public. Agencies responsible for  management of the disease should be more sincere and dedicated while the Public should adhere more  to the protocols provided by the Government. In their effort to make the Public more aware of the disease the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University embarked on a mass awareness Campaign in different areas. With  contributions made from their own pockets the said departments have been manufacturing Cotton masks and freely distributing during the Campaigns. Under the Pilot Project themed “ What can you do for the Society regarding COVID 19 ?” the members of the Departments specially the Research Scholars have covered more than 70 Places as of today. In the late hours of yesterday, the 14th June,2020

Romita Devi Ngangbam, Research Scholar (Plant physiology) organised a gathering to discuss about the etiquette of Social distancing and wearing of mask in public places at Naorem Chaprou, Samurou. Another Scholar Nongthombam Pengki of Parasitology interacted with a group at Bamon Kampu, Imphal East. In another gathering at Singjamei Okram leikai Dollyca Ningombam and Lebanan Keisham distributed masks, hand sanitizers and Soaps besides lecturing on the precautions against COVID19. Ishwar Haobam, Research Scholar (Entomology) spoke at length the details regarding the COVID disease at Singjamei, near market. Aheibam Jeerankumar Singh of Parasitology elaborated the details regarding use of Sanitizers & the disease at Soibam leikai. Thounaojam Rojen Singh, Research Scholar (Ecology) and Lebanan Keisham, Research Scholar (Parasitology) travelled to Thoubal Ningombam Thongju leikai and held a Campaign near the Umaglai haraopham. They distributed masks.
         On the 15th June,2020 Th. Bidyalakshmi Devi of Parasitology specialization interacted & elaborated on the disease with the workers of a welding factory located at Kwakeithel Thokchom leikai. Prabina Salam, Research Scholar (Fishery) also organised a gathering at Haobam marak Kangjam leikai where She elaborated on the fight against COVID19. Meanwhile at Saikot, Churachandpur district Lhingneikim Gangte, Research Scholar (Entomology) spoke on the importance of wearing mask & Social distancing to a gathering. Wairokpam Sanahal Devi, Research Scholar (Plant pathology) organised a campaign at Thounaojam, Bishnupur district. Another Scholar Surbala Loushambam of plant pathology arranged a special program at Luwangsangbam awang leikai where She described the precautions to be taken against COVID19. A training on handwashing techniques with a lecture on COVID19 was organised at Khongman Basikhong by Ch. Dheinabi Devi, Research Scholar ( Parasitology). Masks were also distributed.
         The Departments also received a request from the Salam young pioneers organisation of Thanga Salam leikai & accordingly our Research Scholars namely S.Sushilkumar Singh, S.Mexico Singh, S.Samita Devi and  MSc student Jenishkumar Thingujam were deputed to speak and interact with the public of the area. To a gathering of more than 130 persons our team distributed masks manufactured by the departments of Zoology and Botany, MU. S. Samita spoke on the do's and don'ts of mask & hand washing. S.Mexico Singh delivered a lecture on COVID19 origin, causal organism, transmission & symptoms. S.Sushilkumar Singh explained the prophylaxis of COVID19 & how a quarentined person should behave after returning from the Quarentine centre. On the return journey they interacted with the Police personells at Moirang bazar on the  personal steps to be taken in crowded places. Masks were also gifted to them.

Romita Devi Ngangbam at Naorem Chaprou, Samurou

Nongthombam Pengki at Bamon Kampu.

Dollyca Ningombam at Singjamei Okram leikai

Lebanan Keisham speaking on COVID19 at Singjamei Okram leikai

Ishwar Haobam at Singjamei

Aheibam Jeerankumar Singh at Soibam leikai

Th. Bidyalakshmi Devi at Kwakeithel Thokchom leikai.

Prabina Salam at Haobam Marak Kangjam Leikai

Lhingneikim Gangte at  Saikot, Churachandpur district

Wairokpam Sanahal Devi at Thounaojam, Bishnupur district

Surbala Loushambam at Luwangsangbam Awang Leikai.

Thounaojam Rojen Singh & Keisham Lebanan lecturing at Thoubal Ningombam Thongju Leikai Haraopham Manak.

Ch. Dheinabi Devi demonstrating hand washing techniques & lecturing on COVID19 at Khongman Basikhong

S.Samita Devi speaking on the do's and don'ts of mask and hand washing at Thanga Salam leikai.

S. Mexico Singh giving a talk on COVID19 origin, causal organism, transmission and symptoms at Thanga Salam leikai.

S.Sushilkumar Singh lecturing on the topic "Prophylaxis of COVID19 & how a quarentined person should behave after returning from a Quarentine centre" at Thanga Salam leikai.

Jenishkumar Thingujam distributing masks manufactured by the departments of Zoology and Botany, MU at Thanga

Interacting with Police personells and distributing masks manufactured by the departments of Zoology and Botany, MU at Moirang Bazar in the evening of Monday, the 15th June,2020.
 

Manipur University: Dated 14th June, 2020 ( Sunday)
          In India there are currently 15 clinical signs and symptoms in the Specimen referral forms. The symptoms are fever, cough, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, breathlessness, nausea, haemoptysis, body ache, sore throat, chest pain, nasal discharge, sputum output, loss of smell and taste. Anyone with one or more symptoms can get tested for COVID19. To test for COVID19 a health care provider uses a long swab to take a sample from the nose or throat. Samples are then sent to a lab, where they are tested. These and other different knowledges connected with COVID19 pandemic were imparted during the awareness campaigns conducted by the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University.
          In continuation of the theme"What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19?" Laishram Vikramjit Singh, Research Scholar (Plant physiology) organised a ' Know COVID19' at Heirok part III Ngarouthel leikai on the 13th June,2020. The same day N. Basanti Devi, Research Scholar (Ecology) also  conducted an awareness program at Kakching Paji Leikai at 4 pm including the distribution of masks. Simillarly Natasha Ayekpam, Research Scholar ( Entomology) successfully held a discussion with a gathering at Irom Meijrao makha leikai on COVID19. Chongtham Ranjib Singh, Research Scholar (Plant pathology) conducted an awareness at Kongba Uchekon, Imphal East.
          On 14th June,2020 (Sunday) Toijam Sanjeev Lyngdoh, Research Scholar (Genetics) interacted with the volunteers of the  Quarentine centre at Standard College, Imphal East in the area of improving quality of sleep among Volunteers and  inmates of Quarentine centres. Th. Bidyalakshmi Devi, Research Scholar ( Parasitology)  was at Wangoi to enlighten some Women on the protocols to fight against COVID19. In a similar way Birjit Singh Waikhom of Genetics specialization interacted with the Women vendors of Heijigang market regarding protections to be taken in public places. Masks and hand sanitizers were gifted to them.Irengbam Nilima Devi, Research Scholar (Fishery) had an interactive session at Uripok Gopalaji leirak. At Luwangsangbam makha leikai our Research Scholar Chinglemba  Yengkhom of Fishery delivered a talk on COVID19. Worchui Kasar of Ecology Specialization also organised a campaign at Lamphel.
                 Meanwhile three Guest Faculties of Life Sciences Aahen Chanu Waikhom, Yumkham Sanatombi and Ishworani Chongtham arranged a special program for a out 30 Kids of Bashikhong Torban leikai specially to make them understand about the pandemic and the way to protect themselves. In addition to distribution of masks and eatables they were taught the correct way to wear masks.

Laishram Vikramjit Singh at Heirok part III Ngarouthel Leikai

N.Basanti Devi at Kakching Paji Leikai

Natasha Ayekpam at Irom Meijrao Makha leikai.

Toijam Sanjeev Lyngdoh interacting with Volunteers of Quarentine Centre at Standard College.

Chongtham Ranjib Singh at Kongba Uchekon.

Th. Bidyalakshmi Devi at Wangoi.

Birjit Singh Waikhom interacting with the Women Vegetable Vendors of Heijigang market.

Irengbam Nilima Devi at Uripok Gopalaji leirak.

Chinglemba Yengkhom  at Luwangsangbam makha leikai.

Worchui Kasar at Lamphel

Guest Faculties Aahen Chanu Waikhom, Yumkham Sanatombi and Ishworani Chongtham interacting with Children at Bashikhong Torban Leikai.               

Manipur University: Date - 13th June,2020 (Saturday)
      With the Coronavirus outbreak encompassing over 212 Countries worldwide an unprecedented situation has forced us to see the world from a completely new perspective. Considering massive health and economic burden due to COVID19 pandemic, the situation has far reaching consequences that are unprecedented in the modern era.
        The departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University in association with Mangolnganbi College and Moirang College with the objective of contributing something to the Society with regard to COVID19 through digital platform organised a Webinar on the theme " Managing COVID19: Research and Clinical perspective" as a part of live Webinar Series II: Going Viral - COVID19 pandemic. Kumardeep Chaudhary, Ph.D,Mount Sinai health system, New York, USA was the speaker. The Webinar dealt with the research efforts currently taken up in India and elsewhere on COVID19, clinical trials and therapeutic strategies considered for SARS-COV-2 infection. 247 Participants from 17 States took part in the Webinar.
       On the other hand in continuation of the Pilot project themed " What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19?"  initiated by the departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University  Sankhil Peilun Lamkang, Research Scholar (Fishery)  interacted with a group of Women on 13th June,2020 at 6.30 am at Thamlakhuren Village, Chandel district. She had been visiting different areas of her locality and conveying messages regarding the protective steps against COVID19 to different Persons. In a similar way Kshetrimayum Ophelia, Research Scholar (Genetics) delivered a talk on the use of hand sanitizers & their harms, precautionary measures against COVID19, prevalent Quarentine rules and regulations at Uripok khumanthem leikai Aribam mandap at 9.45 am today, the 13th June,2020. Another gathering was  organised at Wangbal, Thoubal district by Huidrom Sarjubala Devi, Research Scholar (Entomology). In Brahmapur Aribam leikai  also a Research Scholar of Plant physiology Adhikarimayum Priya elaborated on the fears and reality associated  with COVID19 disease & the steps to be taken as precautionary measures. Mayanglambam Bidiyaluxmee Devi, Research Scholar (Genetics) interacted with a group at Moirangkhom Chingakham Nongthombam leikai. A deliberation on how to protect ourselves & others during COVID19 pandemic was also organised at Keishamthong Maning Longjam leikai by Thingbaijam Monica, Research Scholar (Ecology). For another 30 participants a seminar was held at Kakwa Makha Nameirakpam leikai. It was initiated by Chongtham Henary Singh, Research Scholar (Plant Physiology). As invitee Monica Oinam, Staff Nurse, RIMS who was presently connected with COVID19 treatment spoke on the current treatment protocols of COVID patients.
      

Live webinar Series II: going Viral- COVID19 pandemic organised by the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University in association with Mangolnganbi College and Moirang College on 13.06.2020. Prof. N. Mohilal Meitei, Head, Department of Zoology and Dr. Ksh.  Birla Singh, Associate Professor interacting with the speaker Dr. Kumardeep Chaudhary of New York, USA.

Sankhil Peilun Lamkang at Thamlakhuren Village, Chandel.

Kshetrimayum Ophelia at Uripok khumanthem leikai Aribam mandap.

Huidrom Sarjubala Devi at Wangbal, Thoubal district

Adhikarimayum Priya ai Brahmapur Aribam leikai

Mayanglambam Bidiyaluxmee Devi at Moirangkhom Chingakham Nongthombam leikai.

Thingbaijam Monica at Keishamthong Maning Longjam leikai.

Chongtham Henary Singh at Kakwa Makha Nameirakpam leikai

Monica Oinam, Staff Nurse RIMS speaking on the present treatment protocols at Kakwa Makha Nameirakpam leikai.

 

Manipur University: Date- 12.06.2020 (Friday)
India reached 3,00,821 confirmed COVID19 cases as of 7 pm of 12th June, 2020 and Manipur climbed to 385 cases.  On 30th January,2020 the first case of COVID19 was reported in India. On 22 nd March a 14 hour voluntary public curfew was observed followed by mandatory lockdown in some areas. Starting 24th March nationwide lockdown was enforced which was partially lifted area wise only on 1st and 8th June,2020 though  special trains & vehicles started operating a few days ago. Inspite of heavy lockdown the number of confirmed cases went on increasing.
        At this Juncture the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University felt the necessity of imparting public awareness. With personal contributions the teachers & Research Scholars embarked on a mission to educate the public so that the Government also take up measures. Based on the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 developed by Manipur University the said departments covered more than 40 places within a span of one month. The  contributions made by the Teachers & Research Scholars of the said Departments  should be acknowledged not only for their monetary donations but mainly for their dedication on the said mission during the national lockdown. They have travelled to different localities, gave lectures and interacted in the midst of the COVID19 fear taking their mission as a Social obligation. Without asking for any sort of helps either from the government nor from the University authority they embarked on this mission with a dedication. They have taken time off from their busy schedule of online classes  so that their goal to reach out to as many areas as possible was realised.
       On 12th June,2020 Tongbram Mocha Devi, Research Scholar ( plant pathology) interacted with a group of 15 Persons on COVID19 at Lairembi leikai, National games Village. Naorem Premita Devi, Research Scholar ( Plant physiology) with two of her Colleagues Hemam Nanaobi Devi and Tongbram Seityamala, Research Scholars of Fishery section organised an awareness campaign for the hostellers and staffs of Ladies hostel no.4 ( Sirui Lily hostel). It could be mentioned that these hostellers could not leave for their homes before the lockdown as they were from far flung ares. The present awareness campaigns by the said Departments were not only for Manipur as evidenced by the Campaign of one of our Scholar K.Hemchandra of Animal physiology who got stucked at Odisha due to a  research training. He took the initiative of giving a lecture on Transmission, Symptoms, prevention of COVID19 and Stress management in Hindi medium at Solapata, Odisha.
      

Tongbram Mocha Devi at Lairembi leikai, National games Village.

Naorem Premita Devi at Manipur University ladies hostel.

Hemam Nanaobi Devi demonstrating on COVID19 at Manipur University.

Tongbram Seityamala explaining the protocols to be observed for protection against COVID19 at Manipur University.

K. Hemchandra at Solapata, Odisha

 

Manipur University: Date- 11.06.2020 : Societal outreach program
The Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University based on the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 developed by Manipur University and with monetary contributions from the teachers and Research Scholars of the said Departments, had been conducting Societal outreach programs on COVID19 in the form of awareness  campaigns. Masks manufactured by the said Departments, Soaps, Vitamin C tablets etc. were also gifted to the Participants. Hidangmayum Deliza, Research Scholar ( Genetics) organised an awareness campaign at Sagolband Salam leikai, yesturday  the 10th June, 2020. Devika Sorokhaibam, Research Scholar ( plant physiology) demonstrated the making of alcohol based hand sanitizers as per WHO recommendations at Sagolband Meino leirak.  She propagated the idea that non-medical masks can be made at home using  materials available at home. On 11th June, 2020 Subhalakshmi Shijagurumayum, Research Scholar (Plant physiology) also elaborated on the COVID19 and precautionary measures to be practiced at Brahmapur Bhagabati Leikai. Dangmei Moses, Research Scholar (Fishery) organised another campaign at Dalian Mandai Village, Loktak Project. On the same day another Scholar Pratima Ningombam of Animal physiology took the initiative of giving hands on training on the protocols of handwashing & use of alcohol based hand sanitizers at Chingamakha liwa road Ningthoujam leikai.

Hidangmayum Delizia at Sagolband Salam leikai.

Devika Sorokhaibam demonstrating at Sagolband Meino leirak.

Subhalakshmi Shijagurumayum at Brahmapur Bhagabati Leikai.

Dangmei Moses at Dalian Namdai Village, Loktak Project.

Pratima Ningombam at Chingamakha Liwa Road Ningthoujam Leikai.

Manipur University: Date - 10.06.2020 ( Wednesday)
     Responsibilities and duties of a Research Scholar are many. These include evaluating existing research techniques, recommend improvements, compare actual and expected results, suggest solutions if deviations are there, perform laboratory or field activities, operate equipments, handle experiments, document, analyse and interpret results. Besides they have to present research results in Seminars and Conferences. In addition to these the Research Scholars of the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University have taken in their stride the responsibility of providing awareness to a few selective audience in different localities of Manipur under the pilot project themed " What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19 ?" of the said Departments.
          It could be mentioned that the teachers of the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University contributed money & clothes for making cotton masks & organising awareness campaigns at different locations  since the early part of May,2020 wishing to fulfill this Social obligation. Under this, the above pilot project for Research Scholars was introduced. In continuation of the programme on  the 10th June,2020 ( Wednesday) different types of awareness on COVID19 were organised in different localities. Phurailatpam Lucy Devi, Research Scholar (Plant pathology & microbiology) explained the benefits of wearing face masks and the process of using hand sanitizers to a selective audience at Singjamei Chingamakhong Chongtham leikai. Face masks and hand sanitizers were also gifted to the Participants. Khaling Mikawlrawng, Research Scholar (Plant physiology) arranged an awareness sitting for the residents of Khangshim Village, Tengnoupal district wherein he explained the protocols of prevention against COVID19. Another Scholar of Plant physiology Anthony Thoudam interacted with a group consisting mainly Children of his locality at Singjamei  wangma Mongkhanglambi, Imphal East. During COVID19 old people above the age of 65 and Children were more prone to the disease. So making them aware about the disease would ultimately help in preventing the spread. With this belief even our MSc Students embarked on a mission to make the Children aware. Today Jenishkumar Thingujam and Shilbiya Okram, MSc 4th Semester Students of the department of Zoology, MU had a discussion with a mixed group of Children, youths and Old at Wangkhem mayai leikai, Thoubal. In the same locality S. Sushilkumar Singh, Research Scholar ( Parasitology) delivered a lecture on the Virus causing the disease, their Zoonotic connection and prophylaxis. In a  similar way Sorokhaibam Samita Devi, Research Scholar (Parasitology) interacted and distributed masks manufactured by the Departments of Zoology and Botany, MU to an audience at Pechi makha leikai. Another Scholar of the same Specialization S.Mexico Singh  lectured on Zoonotic disease & COVID19. It could be noted that our Scholars were connecting on COVID19 not only places in proper towns but also interior Villages both in the Valley and Hills.
        Naorem Babita Devi, Research Scholar (Plant pathology) took the initiative of interacting with a few old Women of her locality at Singjamei makha Naorem leikai. Maibam Lakshmi Devi, Research Scholar (Fishery) held a peaceful discussion with a group consisting of mainly old Women at Khurai Thangjam leikai. Hand woven masks were distributed on the occassion.
        

Ph. Lucy Devi, Research Scholar ( plant pathology) at Singjamei Chingamakhong Chongtham leikai.

Khaling Mikawlrawng, Research Scholar (Plant Physiology) at Khangshim Village, Tengnoupal

Anthony Thoudam, RS (Plant physiology) at Singjamei wangma Mongkhanglambi.

Jenishkumar Thingujam at  Wangkhem mayai leikai.

Shilbiya Okram at Wangkhem Mayai leikai.

S. Sushilkumar Singh, Research Scholar (Parasitology) giving lecture at Wangkhem.

S.Samita Devi, Research Scholar (Parasitology) at Pechi makha leikai.

S.Mexico Singh, Research Scholar (Parasitology) delivering a lecture on Zoonotic disease at  Pechi makha leikai.

Naorem Babita Devi Research Scholar ( Plant pathology) at Singjamei makha Naorem leikai.

M.Lakshmi Devi, Research Scholar ( Fishery) at Khurai Thangjam leikai.

At  Yairipok Pechi.

 

Manipur University: Dated the 9th June,2020 (Tuesday)
A Zoonotic disease is the type that is spread from the Animals to Human beings. COVID19 is Zoological in origin and is a Zoonotic disease. Zoologists have been sounding the alarm for the last many years over mass extinction and consequences of disrespecting nature. In the midst of the present COVID19 pandemic the importance of multidisciplinary research have come into focus. Many Viruses are Species- specific and cannot replicate outside their natural host. But a random mutation allows the Virus to establish in a new host species i.e. HIV/AIDS, SARS-COV-2/COVID19. This is what happens in the present pandemic. Reduction of human-wildlife conflict is required based on the way certain diseases keep on spreading every few years.
             In their mission to provide adequate awareness to the general public regarding personal protection against COVID19 the departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University have organised more than 24 Campaigns in different areas of Manipur. Today, the 9th June,2020 Pukhrambam Basanta Singh, Store-in-charge, Life Sciences conducted a campaign at Lairenjam awang leikai. Masks were distributed. On the other hand as a follow up of the pilot project of Research Scholars named " What can you do for the Society regarding COVID19 ?" several Scholars undertook different campaigns today.  Kh. Puneshwari Devi, Research Scholar ( Plant pathology) conducted an awareness for a small group at Sagolband Takyel Kolom leikai. Another Scholar Sangeeta Yanglem of Genetics interacted with a group at Keishamthong Elangbam leikai. Reema Khangembam, Research Scholar (Genetics) distributed masks in addition to giving awareness at Athokpam awang leikai, Thoubal.
             
 
P. Basanta Singh, Store- in- charge, Life Sciences organising an awareness at Lairenjam awang leikai.
     


Kh. Puneshwari Devi demonstrating use of hand sanitizers & washing of hands at Sagolband Takyel Kolom leikai.
     


Sangeeta Yanglem interacting with a group at Keishamthong Elangbam leikai.
      


Reema Khangembam distributing masks & speaking on COVID19 at Athokpam awang leikai, Thoubal.

Manipur University, 08/06/2020: Increased global travels and integration, Urbanization, greater exploitation of natural environment and lifestyle changes have helped in increasing the chances of spread of a Pandemic. Significant policies have emerged with attention focused on limiting emergency outbreaks, detection of disease, tracing of contacts, quarantine, isolation, build preparedness and health capacity with basic care. These have been applied during the 2003 SARS Pandemic, 2009 Influenza Pandemic and 2014 Ebola epidemic. But in places like India where crowd control have always been a problem, there exists fear of risk & contamination specially due to knowledge gaps. Here lies the importance of Public awareness.
With the sole objective of making the Public aware regarding COVID 19 the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University embarked on a mission to raise awareness with expenditures from their own pockets. They have organized more than 15 Public campaigns in different locations since 14 th May,2020. In addition a Pilot Project involving the Research Scholars titled "What can you do for the Society regarding COVID 19 ?" have been launched wherein the Scholars have to perform some activities to enlighten the Public ( a gathering not less than 10 Persons) with their own expenditures. Already ten places have been covered under this pilot project. On 8 th June,2020 ( Monday)

Nongthombam Kistu Singh, Research Scholar ( Plant pathology) organised an awareness at Thangmeiband Meisnam leikai.


S.Sushil Singh, Research Scholar ( Parasitology) conducted an awareness campaign at  Sangaiyumpham. Masks were distributed.


S.Mexico Singh, Research Scholar (Parasitology) held a peaceful interaction with a group at Yairipok  kekru mathak leikai.

Mask manufactured by the said departments were distributed in the gathering.

Manipur University : COVID19 Awareness campaigns by Departments of Zoology and Botany
Public awareness is the backbone of every preventive measures designed against any Pathogen. As a part of the Campaign against COVID19 organised by  Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University a public awareness meet was organised at Tentha Khunou bazar community hall at 1 pm on Sunday, the 7th June,2020. 250 Participants including Children of the locality were present.The main points discussed were that People should be transparent about reporting COVID19 symptoms be it of the family or locality, so that further protective steps could be taken up on time. It could be mentioned that we had been at war against a highly contagious Virus. As usual protective protocols were elaborated. Over a cup of tea all participants were gifted face masks manufactured by the departments and Soaps. Use of hand sanitizers and techniques of washing hands were also demonstrated. Shri    N.Pradeep Singh, Pradhan, Tentha gram panchayat; Ningthou Naoroya, N. Samjai    were the presidium members. Prof. N. Mohilal Meitei, Head, department of Zoology, N.Nabakishor, dept of Zoology, Thoubal College and Dr. Himika Salam, Guest Faculty, Department of Zoology, MU spoke elaborately in different areas of COVID19 pandemic.


Besides the said departments had also launched a programme named " What can you do for the Society regarding Covid19 ?" for the Research Scholars. Under this many more awareness campaigns for smaller groups had started. Kimjolly Touthang, Research Scholar ( Ecology) presented a talk on World environment day and COVID19 in Thadou programme of All India Radio on 05.06.2020 at 5 pm. Another Scholar Nandeibam Alfredrozer of Animal physiology undertook a door to door awareness campaign on COVID19 at Tangkham  Mayai leikai, Khundrakpam on the 6th June,2020. In the campaign face masks and hand sanitizers were distributed to several families. Mayanglambam Alina Devi, Research Scholar ( Ecology) also conducted an awareness program on COVID19 at Kakching Wairi khunyai leikai, ward no. 7. She took the initiative of demonstrating the process of correct wearing of face masks, uses of lemon grass and also gifted packets of lemon grass powder to the participants. Another Scholar Nongthombam Hemeshor of Parasitology organised a campaign at Thoubal melaground & Konjengbam Bishwarup, Research Scholar ( Fishery) demonstrated the personal protection steps against COVID19 for a few family members at Nongpok Lourembam, Thoubal district on the 7th June,2020. Thounaojam Rajen Singh, Research Scholar ( Fishery) interacted with a group at Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leirak. Ghanashyam ksh. , Research Scholar ( Ecology) Conducted an awareness at Sagolband  Tera thingbaijam leirak. Display of posters containing  slogans on prevention against COVID19 was the main component of the said  gathering. Priyanka Huidrom, Research Scholar ( Plant physiology) made it a point to demonstrate through charts & practical demonstrations during her campaign at Kongba Laishram leikai.


N. Alfredrozer at Tangkham mayai leikai

Alima M. at Kakching Wairi khunyai leikai


Hemeshor at Thoubal melaground

K. Bishwarup at Nongpok Lourembam

Th. Rajen singh at Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leirak

Ghanashyam Ksh. at  Sagolband Tera Thingbaijam leirak


Conducting covid19 awareness program for the locality kongba laishram leikai- Imphal East

Demonstration with posters by Priyanka Huidrom at Kongba Laishram leikai.

Dr. Himika Salam at Tentha khunou

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR THE SOCIETY REGARDING COVID 19 ?” , a Programme introduced for the Research Scholars of the Departments of Botany and Zoology, Manipur University

In a Pandemic or an epidemic Health communication strategies commonly known as Health awareness are given more preference. Various successful health communication Campaigns have been developed by several Governmental organizations and World bodies notably in case of HIV, Polio, SARS etc. and these have helped in controlling the diseases. Similarly for COVID 19 also awareness raising and health promotions strategies are playing important roles in several Countries.

Manipur University in concurrence with the directive of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, GOI developed a Roadmap towards containing COVID 19 on the 4th May,2020, wherein Extension service/Public awareness was emphasized. Under this strategy all teaching departments and Institutes affiliated to this University were asked to actively engage with COVID 19 awareness campaign to the neighboring localities and Villages.

In accordance with the directives contained in the said Roadmap towards containing COVID 19 the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University with funds contributed by the teaching staffs of the said departments had been organizing awareness Campaigns in different localities. Up to now the departments had successfully organized more than 12 such campaigns and another 10 campaigns had been planned with support and assistance of local clubs and Panchayat members. Handmade masks, Vitamin C tablets, Dettol soaps and alcohol based hand sanitizers were distributed to the Participants during the Campaigns. Mention can be made of the fact that since the early part of May, 2020 the Departments of Zoology and Botany, MU had designed & manufactured 2 ply 2/3 layered Cotton masks in association with the Vocational Training Centre, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, MU. More than 2000 cotton masks had been distributed freely. Awareness on maintaining personal distancing, handwashing techniques, cough etiquettes, making of household masks & face shields with minimum expenditure, Washing of vegetables and packets purchased from the market, personal hygiene to be observed, protocols to be observed in Public places, health related steps required etc. were the highlights of the Campaigns.

As a further step the said Departments per a resolution of a meeting of the Faculty members held on the 3rd June,2020 introduced a Programme termed “ What can you do for the Society regarding COVID 19 ?” for the Research Scholars of the said Departments. Under this Programme all Research Scholars of the said Departments were required to deliver a lecture on COVID 19 in their localities with participants not less than 10 and reports were to be submitted. Many of the Research Scholars with keenness and dedication had started planning for the said programme as a part of their Social obligation.

On Friday, the 5th June, 2020 ( World Environment Day) Mutum Robin Singh, Research Scholar ( Animal Physiology) delivered a lecture on COVID 19 at the Community hall of Terakhongshabi Mamang Leikai, Moirang. Lebanan Keisham also interacted with a gathering at Langthabal.

Keisham Lebanan, Research Scholar ( Parasitology) interacting with a group at Langthabal.

Th. D. Songomsing Chiru, Research Scholar (Entomology) organising an awareness campaign at Charoikhullen village, Loktak Project, CCpur dist, Manipur on 05.06.2020

The Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University in continuation of its program on creating awareness among the Public on the preventive measures for COVID19 disease in Manipur organised an awareness campaign at Kakching Khunou today, the 2nd June,2020 in association with the Locality Youth Development Association, Kakching Khunou and the NSS unit, Kakching Khunou College. 90 Persons participated in the Programme. Dr.Ksh. Birla Singh, Associate Professor, Dept of Zoology, MU and Ksh. Biren Singh, programme officer, NSS unit, Kakching Khunou College spoke on the occassion. Hand-made cotton mask manufactured by the Departments of Zoology and Botany, MU, Vitamin C tablets, Dettol soaps and alcohol based hand sanitizers were gifted to the Participants. It can be added that the said departments of Manipur University With fund donated by the teachers of the said departments have organised more than 12 such  campaigns in different localities upto now and many are being planned. Awareness on maintaining personal distancing, handwashing techniques, cough etiquettes, making of household masks & face Shields with little expenditure, washing of vegetables and packets purchased from markets etc are the highlights of the Campaigns.

The Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University are creating awareness among the Public on the preventive measures for COVID19 disease in Manipur since the early part of May,2020. With fund donated by the teachers of the said departments campaigns have been conducted in 10 different localities upto now and many are being planned. Awareness on maintaining personal distancing, handwashing techniques, cough etiquettes, making of household masks & face Shields with little expenditure, washing of vegetables and  packets purchased from markets etc are the highlights of the Campaigns. In every gathering the departments have been distributing Cloth masks designed & manufactured by them in association with the Vocational training Centre, Department of Adult & Continuing Education, Manipur University.
   Today, the 30th May,2020  an awareness campaign has also been organised at Keinou Thongkha. Prof. Lalbihari,  Dr. L. Bina and Soraisam Irabot, President, Keinou volunteer association are the main speakers. Shri L. Nimai is the functional president & the dias is also shared by Shri L.Shyam Singh, member, Keinou Gram Panchayat. 120 persons has participated in the campaign. Refreshments & masks are also distributed to all the participants.

Awareness campaign on COVID19 at the Nongmeibung development Meirapaibi association office today, the 25th May,2020 organised by the departments of Botany and Zoology, Manipur University as a part of the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 developed by Manipur University. Altogether the departments have organised 8 awareness campaigns upto now with fund collected from the teachers of the Departments. More campaigns are being planned in different places. The disease will be with us & it is best that all of us irrespective of social structure become aware of the disease & precautions to be taken. The disease cannot be fought alone but all human beings need to stand together to be successful in its fight against the pathogen. With this belief & due to their  their social obligations the said departments are organising the awareness campaigns upto now without any helps from any other source.

In continuation of the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 at Manipur University the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University also organised an awareness campaign on COVID19 for the residents of Type  II & III quarters of Manipur University on 20.5.2020. Protocols to be observed for prevention against COVID19 specially on washing Vegetables & personal protection were discussed.


COVID19 awareness campaign at Nongmeibung Pung Makhong Awang Leikai on 19.5.2020 organised by the Departments of Zoology & Botany, Manipur University as a part of the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 developed by the COVID19 Task Force, Manipur University.

 

In continuation of COVID19 Awareness Campaign, an awareness campaign was organised at Kha Naorem Leikai  by the Departments of Zoology and Botany, Manipur University in accordance with the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 on 18.5.2020 at 2 pm. Prof. GA Shantibala Devi, Prof. M. Damayenti Devi, Prof. N. Mohilal Meitei and Dr. Meena Elangbam spoke on various aspects of COVID19. The session was followed by a question & answer section. Altogether 35 persons were present. All were provided with Cloth mask & alcoholic hand sanitizers.


At Bishnupur Muslim Angalwadi Center, Bishnupur- 3 the COVID19 Awareness Campaign was also conducted. 80 individuals participated in the programme and more than 120 masks are distributed. The said campaign was organised by Departments of Zoology and Botany, MU in accordance with the Roadmap towards containing COVID19 on 18.5.2020 at 8 am. Dr. L. Bina Chanu and Dr. Ritendra spoke on the occassion.


Dr. Lalleima Chakpram spoke on various aspects of COVID19 on the Awareness Campaign at Nongmeibung on 18.5.2020. Altogether 28 persons participated and 30 masks were distributed.

 

Department of Zoology & Botany, Manipur University conducted the COVID-19 awareness campaign at Langthabal Kunja Awang Leikai on 14.05.2020. Prof. N Mohilal Meitei (Head, Department of Zoology, Manipur Univrsity) states the total participants in today awareness programme was 98. Mask manufactured by the Departments in association with the vocational training centre, Department of Adult Continuing & Extensive Education, Manipur University were also distributed. The programme is conducted as per directive of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and in accordance with the Roadmap Towards containing COVID-19 developed by Manipur University COVID-19 Task Force Committee.

The activities were conducted as extension service and public awareness on personal hygiene & activites to be followed with reference to protection from COVID-19 to the neighouring localities and villages.

As per the direction of the University Grants Commision and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Heigher Educational Institutions have been asked to adopt interior villeges and conduct awareness programmes for the villagers during the global COVID-19 Pandemic. As a part of this COVID-19 Monitoring Task Force Committee, Manipur University in collaboration with NSS Cell, Manipur University has also initiated COVID-19 Awareness Campaign at Maram Centre, Senapati District and Charhajare, Kangpokpi District on 09-05-2020(Satureday), at Pole Star College, Hiyanglam, Kakching District and Wangjing Wangkhei Leikai, Thoubal District on 10-05-2020(Sunday) and at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur District on 11-05-2020 (Monday). During the awareness campaign, to maintain physical distances, demonstration of hand washing techniques, masks and hand sanitizerss have also been distributed to the participants.

 

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