Kohima, December 15 (NEx): Wokha District Tobacco Control Cell, District Level coordination Committee and District Level Enforcement Squad, National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Wokha held its quarterly meeting on December 15, 2020 at the Official chamber of the Deputy Commissioner, Wokha. The meeting was chaired by EAC (Hq) I. Yentinougbou.
During the meeting, four schools namely Fernbrook, Libemo Memorial, Government School Sector “A”, Little Angle School and Longsachung village and Niroyo village were declared free tobacco schools and villages respectively. With this declaration, the district has 23 free tobacco schools and 4 free tobacco villages now, a report from DIPR said.
It also said that the certificates were handed over by Chief Medical Officer, Wokha, Dr. C W Tungoe, who congratulated the Schools and villages for the achievement and urged them to maintain the criteria and standards for effective implementation of the Laws.
Dr. Daisy Ovung, District Nodal Officer NTCP, Wokha while presenting the quarterly reports of DTCC, said that the team has visited shops selling tobacco products from Niropen colony to NST colony covering around 100 (hundred) shops on COTPA Section 6, where shop owners were directed to display boards with specified warning indicating that “Selling of any tobacco products to and by any person below 18 years of age is a punishable offence”.
Dr. Daisy also informed that enforcement drive was also conducted on November 24, 2020 comprising of COTPA flying squad, members from NTCP and Dobashi’s and visited 40 hotels and restaurants within the town to ensure prohibition of smoking in public places.
The team directed the owners/ in-charge to display NO SMOKING signage and its specification in the form of IEC were also distributed. The team during the raid penalized four defaulters for violation of COTPA Section 4.
Training and awareness for Sunday School teachers, PRI on tobacco control at schools, villages, hospital staff, youths, churches and tobacco users were also conducted during the period October to December 2020, besides that total number of 33 (thirty three) tobacco users were counselled and 14 were given free pharmacological support in the form of NICOTINE chewing Gum.
The members also deliberated to strengthen the enforcement of COTPA Law and to conduct enforcement activities once every month, where Dr. Daisy appealed all the members to extend co-operation for effective implementation of the Law. She also said that since tobacco control committee has been constituted in every school and villages she urged them to put more effort and to frequently review tobacco related activities and report/submit the activities.
(With inputs from DIPR)