‘World No Tobacco Day’ observed across Nagaland

‘World No Tobacco Day’ observed across Nagaland
Doctors and nurses at District Hospital Zunheboto during the WNTD programme.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/31/2020 9:22:22 AM IST

Along with the rest of the world, the National Tobacco Control Programme, (NTCP) observed World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in various parts of the state on May 31, under the theme, “protecting the youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”. 

Kohima: District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) Kohima in collaboration with the tobacco free educational institutions under Kohima district celebrated the day by maintaining social distancing. 

According to DIPR report, state nodal officer NTCP, Dr. C. Tetseo’s message stated that the tobacco industry has employed all the possible tactics for decades to attract new generations of tobacco users to replace millions of people dying every year. He was glad that tobacco free schools in Kohima have actively participated in this fight in spite of the difficult time. He also appreciated the DTCC for compiling the message into a documentary so as to spread the awareness. The participating educational institutions included students from Vineyard School, Genesis School, G. Rio School, Baptist School Botsa, Govt. Primary School CWSN Lerie, Vikesel’s Vision School, Govt. Middle School Botsa, Dainty Buds, Fernwood School, Govt. Middle School Lerie Chazou Aradhura, Regimental School 4th NAP Thizama, Trinity School, Azedon School, Govt. Middle School Dzüvürü Poterlane, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Little Flower Higher Secondary School, Holy Family Hr. Sec. School, Bethel Hr. Sec. School, Khedi Baptist Hr. Sec. School, Minister Hill Baptist Hr. Sec. School, Mt. Hermon Hr. Sec. School, Model Hr. Sec. School, Mt. Sinai Hr. Sec. School, Modern Institute of Teachers Education and colleges included Mt. Olive College, KROS College, Capital College, Baptist College and Oriental College. 

DTCC Dimapur: District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) Dimapur carried out IEC (Information Education Communication) activities and released a short video to raise awareness on the urgent need to intervene and protect the vulnerable children from falling prey to tobacco industry tactics. DTCC Dimapur in a release has requested all stake holders and policy makers to strengthen the tobacco control laws in the state.

Mokokchung: In Mokokchung, the NTCP under leadership of Dr. Taliwaba (senior dental surgeon), district nodal officer for NTCP conducted a small awareness programme in collaboration with AIR Mokokchung on May 31. A press release from CMO office Mokokchung stated that, a detailed awareness about tobacco consumption and its effects relating to COVID-19 by Dr. Sentirenla Jamir, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, IMDH will be broadcasted in Ao dialect on June 1 through AIR as a part of the awareness programme and also to mark the occasion.

Longleng: In Longleng the programme was held at DC’s office complex with DC, M. Shayung Phom as special guest on May 31.

A press release from CMO office, district media officer Roseline stated that, Dr Bongau Phom, junior dental surgeon District Hospital Longleng, while speaking on the theme said that the campaign aims to sensitise and make the youths aware about the harmful effects of tobacco and expose the tactics employed by the industry to attract the youths. Dr Bongau Phom spoke on how tobacco industry views developing countries as an untapped market, why people use tobacco, how to quit tobacco and tobacco related diseases. 

DC in his short speech appealed to all the NGOs to join hands and work together to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places to contain the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious and contagious diseases. 

Earlier, programme was chaired by Dr Lingshau James. Chief medical officer Dr Obangjungla delivered the welcome address while pastor Tanlei pronounced the invocation. Tenhau associate pastor for youth, LTBC presented a special number and Dr Philip Kent, deputy CMO delivered vote of thanks. 

Kiphire:  In Kiphire, the programme was led by Dr. Wekhrou Mero, dental surgeon, DHK, in collaboration with the district administration, DLCW, Mahila Shakti Kendra, and Sakhi-One Stop Centre.

A press release from CMO office district media officer Kiphire, Haichikambe Pame stated that, online poster campaign based on the theme was held to emphasise on educating young people about the tobacco industries’ intentions and tactics. An online poster competition was conducted wherein, 26 entries were received and certificates will be presented to all the entries, while cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to the first three winners, including a consolation prize.  Atsala Sangtam,  Muwalila S Anar, and Repila will receive the first, second, and third prizes respectively and Holila S Anar will receive the consolation award.

Zunheboto: National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) under the guidance of Dr Esther observed “World No Tobacco Day” at District Hospital Zunheboto, attended only by doctors and proprietors of different schools in Zunheboto on May 30. A press release stated that a drawing competition based on harmful and deadly affects caused by chewing tobacco products was held wherein one student from different tobacco free school was chosen for the competition which was conducted keeping in view of SOP protocols and social distancing norms. Winners of the competition were Aditya Kr. De of Lovedale Higher Secondary School as first runner-up, Kupuli Yeptho of Cornerstone Higher Secondary School as second and Anguvili Petra Arkha Olympic Higher Secondary School as third. Meanwhile, consolation prizes were distributed to Unokali Z. Assumi, step By Step School, Nikika, Merryhill School and Meghna Chetri, Cornerstone Higher Secondary School. Gifts were also distributed to doctors, nurses and staff of district hospital, superintendent of police Zunheboto Uniel Kichu and all officers of district administration.

DMI SJGS: Students of DMI St. Joseph Global School (SJGS) made an online campaign on the theme “say no to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco” to create awareness on the ill-effects of these items among the public. A press release from DMI SJGS stated that, as part of creativity day at home, the students from kindergarten (KG) to X were assigned various creative activities and to showcase their talents. All the students came out with interesting display of activities through posters, video clippings and sent them to their respective class teachers. The aim of these activities was to involve children at home during the lockdown, de-stress them, create enthusiasm for learning and to create awareness on the ill-effects on the use of alcohol and tobacco.

MHS Darogajan Dimapur: Mount Hermon School (MHS), Darogajan, Dimapur organised online painting competition and other innovative anti tobacco activities in order to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. A press release from MHS Dimapur administrator stated that, head teacher Sunny Gangmei delivered a video message on World No Tobacco Day and students were sensitised on harmful effects of tobacco products. Students participated through painting, essay and video messages.

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