Mouth cancer patient does the flag hoisting in Amritsar
Taking the fight against tobacco to a new level with community participation and to increase awareness about the ill effects of tobacco among masses, Dr Prahlad Duggal and his colleagues at Amandeep Hospital, Amritsar tried to arouse the conscience of the general public by celebrating the 65th Independence Day in a novel way.
The flag hoisting ceremony at our hospital was done by a 28 year patient, Kashmir Chand, who became another victim of tobacco (used both gutka and smoking) and developed oral cancer at this young age. He has been operated and more than half of his lower jaw has been removed and reconstructed using leg bone. He has two small kids of 2-4 years age and a family to support. When I talked to him about our campaign and told that by this gesture of unfurling the national flag by him, we can reach out to other potential victims of tobacco, he readily agreed for the same. The ceremony was done outside the hospital so that lot of people from the OPDs and surrounding areas can participate in it. “Such gestures, I suppose will help us in propagating the cause and need to be replicated” said Dr Duggal. This is a first of its kind event in anti-tobacco campaign in Punjab where anti-tobacco campaign is still in its infancy but we have lot of victims of tobacco.