The High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur has said that Yoga can help build strong immunity against COVID-19 if it is practiced consistently; stressing that the exercise has many benefits for the body as well as the mind.
The Indian envoy said this at the 7th International Day of Yoga with the theme ‘Yoga for wellness’, which he said reflects the concerns for the good health and well being of people across the globe.
Giving his remarks after participating in the exercise held at the Indian High Commission in Abuja on Saturday, Thakur profusely quoted the India Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, who said that Yoga has the power to connect people around the world.
In a letter the Indian Prime Minister said “Yoga has many benefits for the body as well as the mind. Despite all the efforts and precautions, COVID-19 may infect any person. However, a strong immune system can aid in the fight against it. Yoga can help build that immunity, for instance, through breathing exercises that strengthen the lungs. At the same time, across the world, millions of people have been forced to stay indoors for months. This has taken a toll on their mental health as well. Regular practice of Yoga can also help them recover.”
Modi further said: “Yoga has an inherent power to connect. Yoga is good for community, immunity, and unity. The theme of International Day of Yoga celebrations this year reflects the concern for the good health and well-being of people across the globe. It is an endeavour to ensure that we focus on fitness, as well as wellness.”
Thakur further disclosed that in partnership with Africa, the Government of India will be holding an International Conference on 21-22 June, 2021, with the theme ‘Ubuntu and Yoga.’
The event drew together, members of the diplomatic corps, including the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, the Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa and heads of Indian community organizations, friends of India and Indian nationals in Nigeria.
Yoga as exercise is a physical activity consisting largely of posture and sometimes accompanied by breathing exercises and relaxation lying down and meditating.
Minister of Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie who was represented by the Director/Head of Department, Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines (TCAM), Federal Ministry of Health, Hajiya Zainab Sharif, said there is a bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and India in the area of promoting traditional medicines. He also said Nigeria is working towards providing health care services to people who strongly believe in orthodox medicine.
He also revealed that the country has established a full fledge department for herbal and traditional medicine. This, the minister said would allow for local remedies for some kind of diseases and ailment in the society.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare, was also represented at the event.