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DLCC fetes tobacco free schools

By EMN Updated: May 29, 2016 11:12 pm

DIMAPUR, MAY 29: Eight schools in Dimapur district, which were declared ‘Tobacco free,’ were felicitated with certificates during the District Level Co-ordination Committee (DLCC) review meeting for the 1st quarter 2016-17 on May 27 held in the DC’s conference hall.
SDO (Civil) Dimapur James Swu; Deputy CMO Dimapur Dr. Antoly Suu; DPRO Dimapur Lolano Patton; and other officials gave away the certificates to the schools.
Recipient of the certificates were Rev Inache Memorial Mission School, Lizwoodland School, Zakiesato Memorial Higher Secondary School, Life Foundation School, Assam Rifles High School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hollotoli School, and North East Institute of Social Science and Research.
Dr. C Tetseo, DNO, NTCP, said lot of emphasis is being given on tobacco free schools to create awareness amongst the school children about the ill effects of tobacco use. “Getting certificate is not the end in itself, it is the beginning for improving and creating tobacco free environment in the school”, he maintained.
Dr. Tetseo also informed that the State Level Committee would be giving another award to all the 50 schools under Dimapur district on World No Tobacco Day 2016, which would be observed on May 31 at Christian Higher Secondary School, Dimapur.
Highlighting on the notification of the Ministry of H&FW 2015, Dr. Tetseo reminded that enforcement has to be more active on monitoring areas which falls under section 4 of Tobacco Control Act 2003. He also suggested timely joint inspection by the committee members, administration and officers to ensure compliance section 4 which talks about protection of non-smokers.
Informing about the campaign on smoke free initiative which has already started, Dr. Tetseo was optimistic that with the support of district administration and concern public, Dimapur would be declared smoke free city in near future.
In the meeting Ms. Veronica from Christian Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, presented a report on “Being a tobacco free school”, wherein she highlighted the initiatives taken by the school towards making the school “Tobacco Free School”. She said visible and positive changes could be seen and observed as a result of the initiatives taken by the school.
The meeting was chaired by SDO(C) Dimapur James Swu, while DEO Naro Jamir delivered the welcome address.

By EMN Updated: May 29, 2016 11:12:16 pm