Over 570 students of Loyola School, Jakhama accompanied by staff took out a rally to create awareness about tobacco and its use. The rally began from Jakhama Local Ground (below St Joseph’s College) and proceeded along National Highway 39 to Loyola School campus via Zakhama Military Station gate. At the start of the rally, Fr Joseph Coelho SJ, the Headmaster explained the purpose of the rally and what it sought to achieve.
Certain provisions of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 were also read out. Fr Coelho invited the students to make a pledge not to consume tobacco products for their own well-being and the well-being of society. Tepuhopi Rolnu, Chairman Jakha Town, Vinothii Zao, Chairman Zhodi Colony, Nochoprale Richa, Chairperson Jakhama Womens Society and Village Education Council, John Zao, Assistant Pastor Jakhama Christian Revival Church, Dovizo Yakhro, President Kigwema Youth Society, Neichiikedo Neihu, General Secretary Kigwema Youth Society, members of Kripa Centre and other well-wishers were present for the rally.
Students carried informative posters and distributed handouts containing the provisions of the Tobacco Act to all the shops along the route. The rally concluded with an assembly addressed by Dr Nongosal Kirha who spoke about the harm caused to the body by tobacco consumption. He explained how contents of tobacco products affect the brain and other organs rendering the person incapable of sustained mental work over time and then finally resulting in death.
The school choir under the leadership of Noswenu Alice and Teresa Mera presented a special number.
Further, school authority has expressed gratitude to all town and village elders and leaders and police personnel from Khuzama Police Station for their services during the rally. The school has formed a team comprising of teachers and village leaders to plan and execute programmes related to tobacco control.