With coronavirus spreading across, Comics are back in India. As part of educating children against the deadly virus, the Ministry of Health has come out with a comic book.
Named ‘Kids, Vayu and Corona’, the ministry hopes that it would help in curbing the spread of the deadly virus. The story revolves around superhero called ‘Vayu’ who strives for better health and environment. The villain in the story is named ‘Corona’, a virus that is fast spreading the disease.
Vayu is described as a global citizen who lives in Himalayas. Vayu fights coronavirus with his sword and also educate children about maintaining hygiene to defeat the virus. The superhero is also seen to teach kids to wash hands, greet using Namaste and maintain distance from others to avoid contacting and spreading the virus.
Ravindra Khaiwal, Additional Professor of Environment Health, Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh and Suman Mor, Associate Professor and Chairperson Department of Environment Studies, Punjab university, Chandigarh are co-authors of the book. Children from schools in Chandigarh and Punjab University students have also contributed to the story. The National Centre for Disease Control and World Health Organisation provided the technical support. Sonali Vera and Shruti Govil of Punjab University, Chandigarh, did the graphics.