CMV, various schools & college declared as tobacco free zone

KOHIMA, MAY 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/16/2019 11:28:13 AM IST

Chedema model village under Kohima district was declared as tobacco free village by state nodal officer, National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Dr. Hotokhu Chishi in a function held at village panchayat hall on Thursday. 

Dr. Chishi in his address lauded the villagers for officially declaring tobacco free village and being the 8th in Kohima district. He challenged them to remain firm in what they have decided and set a good example to the rest of the districts. He said this declaration was for the good of every citizen and for the interest of the state.  

ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa lauded the villagers for restriction of selling tobacco in the village since 1972, smf said it could be one of the first village in the country to have taken such initiative.

In addition, Rutsa suggested making the village one of the cleanest and first plastic free village in the state. While appreciating the clean village, she also advised villagers and children to utilize dustbins to maintain more cleanliness. SPO (Ayush) Dr. John also addressed the gathering.

The programme was chaired by village council chairman Ketseizo Medom, welcome address by Neipuzo Kiwe former VCC and vote of thanks by Seyievizo Medom VDB member. Programme was attended village leaders and public, officials of Health and Family Welfare and others. Chedema model village has become the 8th tobacco free village in Kohima district out of total 13 villages in the state. (Correspondent)

Dimapur review meeting on NTCP: District level co-ordination committee-cum-review meeting (National Tobacco control Programme) for the 1st quarter 2019-20 was held under the chairmanship of DC Dimapur-cum-chairman DLCC, NTCP, Kevekha Kevin Zehol at DC’s conference hall on May 16.

According to DIPR report, in view of the upcoming “World no Tobacco Day,” to be observed on  May 31, DC Dimapur suggested for putting up more of pictorial representation in strategic areas for educating the people on the ill effects of tobacco. He opined that it could convey the message more effectively. He expressed happiness towards the various organizations, Naga Students Union Dimapur, schools and churches for coming out together for the cause.

District nodal officer for NTCP, Dr. Tetseo expressed concern about the threat of tobacco consumption amongst the youth and felt that the church can play an active role towards the campaign. Psychologist, DTCC, Imkumla Aier said that the campaign would increase awareness on the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health from cancer to chronic respiratory diseases. 

Rev. Moses from Christian Forum Dimapur informed that awareness programme for pastors would be organised by inviting experts, so they could communicate to respective congregation on the harmful effects of tobacco. Four schools were awarded tobacco free school certificates by DC Dimapur.

Schools & College, Wokha: Bethel High School, Christian Model High School, Gilgal High, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Chukitong, SMBH, St. Peter’s School Longsa and Mount Tiyi College Wokha were declared free tobacco zone during the quarterly meeting of the district Tobacco Control Cell, district level coordination committee and district level enforcement squad, NTCP held at deputy commissioner conference hall, Wokha on May 16.

According to DIPR report, during the meeting Dr. Merebini Odyuo, senior dental surgeon & DNO, NTCP Wokha highlighted the activities undertaken and apprised the members about Wokha NTCP score-card. SDPO, Wokha also presented in brief about “COTPA Act” for departmental enforcement officers. 

Deputy commissioner, Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon also released a booklet “Prevalence & influence of tobacco use among students in Wokha town”.


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