‘TikTok Therapy’ For Asymptomatic Patients In Mizoram’s COVID Care Centre
Guwahati: Following violent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, which resulted in death of 20 Indian soldiers, there is a countrywide campaign to boycott Chinese products, including popular mobile applications like TikTok.
According to a report in The Indian Express, though, ‘TikTok therapy’ is being used for treatment of asymptomatic patients.
“The exchange of videos between the medics and patients were taking place on a Whatsapp group originally created to convey information to them, set reminders about medicine, and exercise. However, the group soon became a platform to share pictures, stickers, memes, and dance videos. Maybe at the end of this all, I will become a good dancer. We decided that we (the doctors) would dance using the app, post our videos and ask them to share theirs too like a TikTok challenge,” Dr. Elsadai Lalbersiama was quoted as saying.
— Indian Express Seven (@ie_seven) June 22, 2020
Dr Zothanpari Chhakchhuak, Superintendent of the Lawngtlai District Hospital which is now a dedicated COVID-19 care centre, said that all patients were between the age groups of 18-30, except an 11-year-old child.
Speaking about managing work and indulging in the positive initiative, Dr Lalbersiama further said that he and his medical team of a nurse and support staff member record their videos whenever they find time.
Extending his support, Mizoram health secretary H. Lalengmawia was quoted as saying: “It’s a great initiative. These people really need motivation and encouragement and activities like this can go a long way.”
“It is a fun activity especially because Mizos are usually good at dancing, that is why we are enjoying this so much. We do singing sessions and gym sessions inside the ward. Sometimes, we don’t even feel like we are patients, at least I forget I have COVID,” the 18-year-old patient said.
Mizoram currently has 133 active COVID-19 cases.