VoV Healis launches Tobacco Free Education Institutes in Assam
Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health Tata Trust in collaboration with Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV), and Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute did a press conference for launch of Tobacco Free Educational Institutes campaign in Assam.
Ashima Sarin, Project Director VoTV shared the burden of tobacco epidemic in the state and the need of Tobacco Free Educational Institutes campaign. Dr. Amal Chandra Kataki VoTV patron, Director of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute explained that he sees many younger patients coming with tobacco related oral cancers and prevention would be the only solution to counter these deadly diseases. Support from the Education Department is commendable for implementing the COTPA law in Education Institutes and such initiative is major step to save the youth. Dr. Ashok Das Senior Surgeon of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute conducted VoTV with two patients.
VoTV cancer victims Mr. Lakhi Narayan Sahu, Mr. Ram Ch Dey and Mrs. Kopahi Devi suffering from mouth and oral cancer shared about their pain and loss due to tobacco consumption.
Sanjay Seth Chief of Operation of Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health explained about the Tobacco Free Educational Institutes (TFEI) and how it will be implement in the Education Institutes as per law COTPA. There were 24 media participants in the gathering of 40 people.
Outcome: Media sensitized, wide media coverage acquired.