Monday, June 24, 2024

World No Tobacco Day celebrated in Nagaland

Nagaland News

Dimapur, June 2: District Tobacco Control Cell Kohima organized World No Tobacco Day at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima with Managing Director NHAK Dr. Sendimeren Aonok on May 31.
Addressing the function, Aonok said that a new initiative was taken by the State Tobacco Control Cell, NTCP to take anti-tobacco campaigns from tobacco-free Schools to tobacco-free homes under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
He encouraged the institution and also the students to adopt tobacco-free guidelines of the National Tobacco Control Program to be declared tobacco-free.
He gave away the certificate to the winners of the essay competition. Ketsino Jane Frances from St. Paul school, Phesama bagged the first position, Kinzinnang Gonmei of Daintybuds school, and Lipuni from Model Hr. Sec. School bagged second and third positions respectively while Thushila Victoria from MHBHSS and Rose Mary Hemrom from Don Bosco Hr. Sec School Zubza were in the fourth position. DTCC Kohima declared 10 Tobacco free Homes from Fernwood Hr. Sec. School and MHBHSS.
District Nodal Officer NTCP Dr. I Simon Sumi briefed on the objectives of the Tobacco-free home campaign. He said that when the students are motivated and given in charge of creating anti-tobacco awareness in their homes, there is huge potential to take this campaign to thousands of homes.
To be eligible for a tobacco-free home badge, a simple checklist is given to the intending students which needs to be first complied with. When they are ready, the tobacco-free pledge is signed by the head of the family. He also said that the most important thing one needs to do for tobacco control is awareness and it should start with schools and homes.
Earlier, Dr. Pfukrolo Koza Junior Dental Specialist spoke on the theme ‘We need food, Not tobacco’ while Dr. Adiya Appn MDS, Assistant Professor delivered the vote of thanks. The programme was chaired by Neikhro-u Keyho.
Longleng District (NTCP) observed World No Tobacco Day on the theme “We Need Food, Not Tobacco” on May 31 at Bautung Government Higher Secondary School Auditorium Longleng.
Dr. Bongau, Phom, District Nodal Officer (NTCP) Longleng spoke on the chronic diseases and cancer caused by tobacco use through a PowerPoint presentation.
SP Longleng, Dr. Pritpal Kaur Batra, IPS challenged all the participants to embody the spirit of Naga warriors in fighting against the menace of tobacco.
Trongdiba Sangtam SDO (C) encouraged the gathering to quit tobacco and suggested a strategy to gradually reduce and quit within a month. To inculcate a habit of not littering Tobacco products.
Dr. Tiasunep CMO, Longleng urged the parents to set a good example for their children because children learn directly from their parent’s actions.
Dr. Samuel Akho Konyak P, EAC urged cooperation from all civil society, organizations, Heads of Offices, Schools, Business establishments, and wards for tobacco control measures, adding that apathy would hinder society’s progress. Six schools were declared tobacco-free schools.
Principal BGHSS Arumaran expressed gratitude to all the participants, special guests, and attendees for their presence in making World No Tobacco Day 2023 programme a success.
Earlier Aphak, Youth Secy. PBCA invoked God’s blessing and the programme was chaired by Carolene Nuklu, GT BGHSS.
SJU Red Ribbon Club:
Together with the rest of the world the St Joseph University Red Ribbon Club in collaboration with Indian Dental Association, Nagaland Branch successfully observed ‘World Anti-Tobacco Day’ on May 31 at the university’s auditorium.
A team of altogether six members from Indian Dental Association, Nagaland Branch led by Drkaketo a dental surgeon and proprietor of Beyond Smile Clinic visited the university.
Introduction of the visiting guest and welcome note was made by Benjong (RRC Nodal Officer) St Joseph University.
With a brief opening remark from Dr Kaketo the program was then taken over by the main speaker for the day, Dr Karisma, a Pedodontist from Beyond Smile Clinic Dimapur.
Dr Karisma stressed on the adverse effect tobacco consumers are bound to face as the person ages and she shared some very useful tips how to quit tobacco usage and explained the advantages thereof besides advantages of maintaining a healthy dental life was explained in a very orderly manner.
The awareness program was attended by PG II Semester students of Sociology, Education, Economics and Psychology and Counseling.
The World No Tobacco Day 2023 was observed at Livingstone Foundation International, Dimapur on May 31 with an Awareness and Sensitization Programme for students and teachers which was conducted by the Indian Dental Association, Nagaland State Branch in collaboration with the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Nagaland. The theme for this year’s World No Tobacco Day is ‘We need Food, not Tobacco.’
Speaking during the programme as the Guest Speaker, Dr. Thungbeni Ngullie, Dental Surgeon from Crown Dental Care and Lab, Dimapur deliberated on some of the fundamental aspects of tobacco and its health hazards. She also spoke in brief about the different types of tobacco – smokeless and smoke.
During her discourse, she busted several myths associated with the use of smokeless and smoke tobacco and also the use of weed among people especially the youngsters.
Dr. Thungbeni also highlighted the adverse effects of smoking and chewing tobacco especially on women folk which are leading causes of cervical cancer and fertility issues besides affecting the oral health leading to bad breath, discoloration or pigmentation of teeth, painful ulcers and even pre-cancer lesions.
She called upon the students to be aware of the adverse effects of tobacco and to keep oneself away from such bad habits as it has a huge impact on not only the user but also on his family, spouse, relatives and friends.
Earlier, the guest speaker, Dr. Thungbeni Ngullie was felicitated by Ani Yepthomi, Director of Livingstone Foundation International. The awareness programme was led by Zhimoholi S. Zhimomi, LFI Chaplain as the chairperson and coordinated by the LFI mentors including Abigail Thapa, Isaac D. Athili, Alivi Yepthomi, Lilongla Sangtam and Loli Heni. (Page News Service)