Health is the greatest gift, but staying well has been a problem in the ongoing pandemic, according to Satish Chandra Choudhary, additional secretary, Department of Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs, Government of Jharkhand. The idea is to live a healthy lifestyle since staying healthy is far easier than recovering from an illness.
Choudhary, speaking at the FICCI Jharkhand State Council’s Aapda Mein Swasthya webinar, said that the Directive Principle indicates that it is the responsibility of state governments to increase the level of nutrition, the standard of living, and public health in their respective states. “While the National Food Security Act (NFSA) supplies food grains to over 80 million people, the Jharkhand government also gives over 18 lakh tonnes of meals through the mid-day meal scheme. More than 25,000 PDS outlets serve the state’s 2.61 million residents, providing three kilograms of rice and two kilos of wheat.”
Despite the State Government’s efforts, Choudhary stated that malnutrition is a concern in the state. “To combat malnutrition, we will begin rice fortification in Singhbhum. Around 15 lakh individuals are receiving five kilograms of rice as part of the Jharkhand State Food Security program, which began in December last year.”
According to Chakraborty, the epidemic has caused significant changes in people’s eating habits. “Most people are aware of what they consume, and immunity-boosting foods are in high demand.”
Almost all state governments, according to Dheeraj Singh, MD of WER1 Life products Pvt Ltd, have adopted recommended efforts to combat the epidemic. “While people were largely concerned about health issues during the first wave, many are now concerned about Vitamin M- money and income, or the lack thereof. People are increasingly looking for a second source of income and opportunity. Direct selling creates a lot of work prospects, hence it’s considered Atmanirbhar.”
The current pandemic, according to Mukesh Sinha, co-founder, and CEO of Ayushman Health, has brought health to the forefront. “Health is about having a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a good immune system, not just money and infrastructure.”
The pandemic, according to Dr. Piyush Juneja, creator of Indianvaidyas.Com, prompted many families to consider inculcating and consuming immunity-building supplements alongside their daily diet. While he stated that food supplements should only be taken under the guidance of doctors, he also stated that interest and knowledge about natural foods with medicinal potentials, such as geology, tulsi, and ashwagandha, should be fostered.