Dimapur, November 5: The quarterly meeting of Kohima District Level Coordination Committee (DLCC) on Tobacco Control was held in the DC’s conference hall, Kohima on November 5 under the chairmanship of DC and chairman DLCC Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS.
In the meeting 15 police stations including an institution were declared as Tobacco Free Police Stations and institution by Dr N Savino Director (Dental), Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima. DC & chairman DLCC Kohima, Gregory gave away the certificates.
The declared Tobacco Free Police Stations and institution are Kezocha Police Station, Khuzama Police Station, South Police Station, North Police Station, Women Police Station, Chiephobozou Police Station, Tseminyu Police Station, Zubza Police Station, North Traffic Control, South Traffic Control, SP Office, Kohima, Mobile Unit, Baptist College, Kohima including Sechü Campus and Christ for the Nation College Kohima.
Declaring the Tobacco Free Police Stations and institution, Dr Savino hoped that the declaration would lead to a fruitful outcome. In Nagaland, Dr Savino said that Gariphema village was declared as the first tobacco free village on 31st May 2014 and with the efforts of all the concerned DLCC members and other stakeholders, Kohima district has achieved a total of 24 tobacco free dental clinics, eight tobacco free villages, 7 tobacco free hospitals/clinics & nursing homes, 87 tobacco free schools and colleges and 12 tobacco free police stations. However the district has till now no record of having a single tobacco/smoke free hotel or restaurant, and he requested the tobacco control team to target those places in their next step to create good impression to the people as these places have the maximum numbers of visitors from outside the State.
The meeting also reviewed the last quarterly meeting minutes and further discussed on the agendas to implement effective measures on maintaining the status of tobacco free police stations’.
DC & chairman DLCC requested the respective OC or in-charge officer to go through the guidelines for implementation process. The meeting also discussed on the agenda of prohibition of e-cigarettes and to implement seizure of trade licenses for repetitive offenders of Section 6(b) COTPA 2003.
(Page News Service)