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Food for immunity: Special Ramadan shows get new makeover in time of Corona

Srinagar: Come, Ramadan, Jammu and Kashmir administration would shift focus on educating people to boost immunity during the 30-day-long fasting period.

The administration has directed Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, and Deputy Commissioners to aware people through various programmes about the need for boosting immunity in Ramadan,.


Divisional Commissioner P K Pole in a meeting asked the Deputy Commissioners for exploring possibilities of broadcasting talk shows to inform the people how to boost immunity while fasting.

 The divisional commissioner directed the Deputy Commissioners to enforce restrictions on the religious gathering during Ramzan.

An official said that the administration is currently chalking out a plan for holding special programmes on dos and don’ts regarding food habits in Ramzan.

 He said talk shows with doctors and dieticians will be broadcasted on radio and television throughout the month at Sehri and Iftaar time.

“People mostly listen to the special religious programmes during Suhoor (predawn meals). A recorded talk show with doctor or dieticians will be telecasted in which he will guide people about the food that will boost immunity,” the official said.

He said similar programmes will be broadcasted on DD Kashir Channel with a special focus on increasing immunity against diseases.

“There are many Ramzan special programmes broadcasted for the entire month. We will invite an expert who will talk about the benefits of fasting and increasing one’s immunity during Ramzan,” he said.

 Dr Aijaz Nabi Koul who is currently treating COVID-19 patients at SKIMS Soura said the fasting during Ramzan can help a person to improve his or her metabolism.

“It can be presumed that fasting as such has a good impact on the immunological functions of the body. It regenerates a person’s metabolism. During Ramzan a person needs to keep himself hydrated and take proper diet to improve immunity,” he said.

 Director Health Services Kashmir Sameer Mattoo, however, was not available to comment.