Kohima, November 20 (NEx): The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland on Thursday, November 19, 2020 issued an advisory against the spraying of disinfectants on people.
The Principal Director of Health &Family Welfare, Dr. Vizolie Z. Suokhrie on November 19, 2020 stated that in pursuance of Honorable Supreme Court’s order dated September 7, 2020, Union Ministry of Science and Technology and others; it is reiterated that the disinfectant should not be sprayed on people for COVID-19 management as it can be physically harmful.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an advisory against spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID-19 management, on April 18th 2020 for strict adherence and compliance by all concerned.
The advisory stated, ‘Spraying of disinfectants on individuals or groups is not recommended under any circumstances. Spraying an individual or group with chemical disinfectants is physically and psychologically harmful.’
‘Even if a person is potentially exposed with the COVID-19 virus, Spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered the body. Also, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective even in disinfecting the outer clothing and body in an effective manner’ it added.
‘Spraying of chlorine on individuals can lead to irritation of eyes and skin and potentially gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting. Inhalation of sodium hypochlorite can lead to irritation of mucous membranes, to the nose, throat, respiratory tract and may also cause bronchospasm.’
‘Additionally, use of such measures may in fact lead to a false sense of disinfection & safety and actually hamper public observations to hand washing and social distancing measures,’ stated the advisory from the Dept. Of Health & Family Welfare.