KATRA, JUN 2: To mark the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital located in Kakriyal, initiated various public awareness activities to spread the message about ill-effects of tobacco consumption and its effect on the health.
Different approaches were used to reach out to large number of people and to ensure the core message was strong and impactful. This was apparent in the response to Walkathon, Health Talks by eminent doctors of SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital at organisations and education institutions, poster campaigns to educate people as well as a signature campaign where people came forward to take a pledge to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. The message was also conveyed through street plays and free mammography screening camps were conducted in different parts of Jammu and Katra.
The campaign culminated with a pledge ceremony held at the hospital to say no to tobacco, in which staff, patients and their attendants participated.
“Tobacco consumption leads to various health disorders and it not only affects the individual, but also has an effect on the immediate family. Through this endeavour, we aim to create awareness among people about various diseases caused due to tobacco that can actually be prevented”, said Dr M M Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer, SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.
The campaign activities were conducted with the support of Indian Dental Association and Art of Living. “We are grateful to organisations such as IDA and Art of Living for coming forward and supporting such campaigns with a social message. World No Tobacco Day is observed across the world and this is just a small attempt from us for the betterment of our community and society”, informed Dr Shirish Dhoble Clinical Director – SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.