Recently we have been seeing a tremendous rise in immunity-boosting medicines all over India after propagation of it by the AYUSH Ministry. These medicines are seeing huge sales after claiming to cure COVID-19. Recently, a spike in the demand for such immunity-boosting medicines of AYUSH has been seen in Dakshina Kannada District. 

Following the increasing number of cases in India and after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to use home remedies to boost immunity, AYUSH Ministry is seen in the forefront to manage the health of frontline COVID-19 warriors and patients. Immunity-boosting medicines have already been distributed throughout the district of Dakshina Kannada to more than 50,000 frontline corona warriors, including ASHA staff, police, civil servants, traditional departments and the public by the AYUSH Ministry. The drugs are distributed throughout the district at the Government Ayurveda and Homeopathy Integrated Hospital in Hat Hill, in the city and in all 10 district-wide dispensaries.

District AYUSH Officer Dr Mohammad Iqbal told DH that demand for immunity-boosting medicines is rising so much that the government’s supplied stock of immune boosting medicines is getting depleted. “In Mangalore alone we get demand from at least 700 to 1,000 people every day. The department is getting demand from 2,000 to 3,000 people throughout the district for immunity-enhancing medicines, “he said.

People should remember that the medicines are only helpful in improving the immunity level of the body and are no cure to COVID-19. By wearing a mask and maintaining social distance in public, the citizens will be extremely careful. In addition, yoga practice, exercise, lifestyle change, and eating habits are also necessary in life. People should eat healthy foods like leafy vegetables, pulses, eggs , fish and not unhealthy foods. The AYUSH Department is running a telemedicine system at Infosys’ Mudipu campus in partnership with Infosys, Iqbal added. However, the use of tulsi, kashaya made from turmeric and other herbal medicinal ingredients, has also increased across the district in households.