Joining the rest of the country “World No Tobacco Day” was observed as a ‘Threat to the Development’ at Salesian College of Higher Education, Dimapur on 31st May, 2017. Kesoyu Yhome, Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, the Chief Guest of the Programme, along with IAS, Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur. Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi graced the programme as a guest of honour.
Addressing the gathering, Kesoyu Yhome (DC), remarked that the North Eastern states were less developed as compared to the other states and in addition to this he also put forward that Mizoram stands first place in Tobacco consumption and second position goes to Nagaland. He lamented that this is not something to be proud of but to take a U turn for the growth and development of our North East India. He urged each person to play an effective role in the eradication of the use of Tobacco. Quoting “A healthy mind needs healthy body,” he said, to have a healthy body we need to abstain from certain kind of products which will deteriorate our health. He encouraged the community and students to be smart and refrain from tobacco products.
DNO, NTCP, Dr. C. Tetso in his brief keynote address said that tobacco is not merely a threat to the individual but also to the society. In his slide show stated that as per the global adult survey 2010, Nagaland stands second highest position in Tobacco consumption. He also informed that the measures also taken for the control of the Tobacco products. He informed that 100 schools and 2 villages have been declared as a Tobacco free in Dimapur and requested all the students, teachers, and officials to work for the betterment of the future.
The programme also witnessed inter-college speeches on ‘Tobacco kills’. The student’s representative of J.N. College, Immanuel College, and S.M College participated. The programme was led by Dr. Joe (PNF), welcome address and acknowledgement by principal of Salesian College, Dr.Fr. Policarp, key note address by District Nodal Officer NTCP, Dr. C. Tetso, Voice of the tobacco victim by Dulal Poodar and special numbers were presented by St. Paul Higher Secondary School and Salesian College of Higher Education.
Awards were given away to the members of the Tobacco Free institutions followed by the prizes to the representatives of the colleges by Dr. K. Vikato. The Programme came to an end with vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Joe (PNF).
Bro. Krupa Kumar, 3rd Sem.