Dimapur, May 16: Chedema Model Village was formally declared as ‘Tobacco Free Village’ by Dr. Hotokhu Chishi, State Nodal Officer (NTCP) & Additional Director, Department of Health and Family Welfare at the Village Panchayat Hall, Kohima on May 16.
The village, established in the year 1969-70 with 15 household, has come up with a decision to ban sale of any tobacco products in the village since 1972 considering the harmful effects of tobacco, and today the result of upholding it’s decision has achieved the title ‘the eight village being declared as Tobacco Free village’ in the district. The other seven declared tobacco free villages include four villages in Rengma range, Khonoma, Jotsoma and Gariphema in the district.
ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa congratulated the village for upholding its decision for decades and achieving the title. She encouraged them to continue their system of unity and determination in future and to set an example to others.
‘A model village has a big responsibility to think and to act carefully in many ways.’ said Rutsa and requested them to be pro-active in creating awareness of the ill effects of tobacco.
Declaring the village as Tobacco Free Village, Dr. Hotokhu appreciated the decision taken by the village. He requested the elders and parents to pass on the awareness from generation to generations for overall improvement of health status in the village.
Dr. John SPO (Ayush) Department of H&FW also spoke on the occasion.
Head G.B. Chedema Model Village, Pelhouvilie Medom giving a brief history of the village stated that the village was recognized in 1987 by the Government and presently there are 74 households with a total of 315 population in the village.(Page News Service)