454 cancer cases recorded per year
Dimapur, May 11: Nagaland leads the country in highest number of Nasopharyngeal cancer (cancer of head and neck) with male recording 15.3% and female 10.8%.
Joint Director, Dental and SNO (NTCP), State Health and Family Welfare, Dr H Hotokhu Chishi said every year new cases of cancer have been detected with 454 recorded per year (as per population based cancer survey, ICMR 2012-2014).
Speaking at the first quarterly meeting of District Co-ordination Committee (DLCC) on tobacco control at Kohima on Friday, Dr H Chishi, however, said the State has made significant achievement on the consumption of tobacco products with a decrease percentage comparing to the last GATS-1 Survey report (2009-2010).
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS- 2) 2015-16 was conducted in four districts namely Kohima, Dimapur, Phek and Peren. Comparing GATS-I and GATS-2 survey report, he said tobacco consumption has decreased from 56.8% to 43.3%; smokers – 31.5% to 13.2%; smokeless tobacco users – 45.3% to 39.0%; dual users – 20% to 8.9%; second hand smoke exposure at home – 79.7% to 67.6% and second hand smoke exposure at work place – 32% to 23.3%.
Another area of achievement was the high price of cigarette due to increase in taxation, which he hoped that users would decrease – average monthly expenditure on cigarette (daily smokers) – Rs 689.6 to Rs 1473.9 and average monthly expenditure on Bidi (daily smokers) – Rs 116.3 to Rs – 265.5.
Dr H Chishi also pointed out that Nagaland state was the first state to conduct school oral health survey 2013-14 where tobacco use in school children under the age group of 8-13 years was recorded as follows: Children with tobacco habits – 28.3%, smokers – 15% and buying tobacco products for parents was recorded at 41.2%.
Kohima DLCC chairman, Rajesh Soundararajan, IAS, who is also the DC Kohima, asked GBs to check parents in their respective colonies/wards not to send their children to buy tobacco products. He also called upon schools representatives present to stress on the ill effects of tobacco consumption /users in their respective schools and also the parents, NGOs, youth organizations, schools and student unions to collectively give efforts for follow up action in this regard.
Senior Dental Surgeon and DNO (NTCP), Dr. Arenla Walling gave a presentation on the activities of District Tobacco Control Cell, Kohima from the month of October 2017 to March 2018.
During the meeting six schools were declared Tobacco Free Schools where the DC & Chairman DLCC gave away the certificate to the schools. The schools included – Government High School Botsa; Government Middle School Botsa; Baptist School Botsa; Christian School Botsa; Children Christian School Kohima Village and Vinyuzo School Upper Bayavu Kohima. (Page News Service)