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World No Tobacco Day celebrated at ESIC Medical College

Faridabad (Haryana): The Department of Community Medicine and the Department of Medicine at ESIC Medical College and Hospital (ESIC MC&H), Faridabad, in collaboration with Manav Rachna Dental College (MRDC), Faridabad organised a three-day event, from May 29-31, to celebrate the ‘World No Tobacco Day – 2017’, which falls on May 31. This year’s theme was ‘Tobacco – A Threat to Development’.

A ‘no tobacco pledge’ was taken by the ESIC MC&H faculty members and students and all the spectators under the leadership of Dr Shridhar Dwivedi.
A ‘no tobacco pledge’ was taken by the ESIC MC&H faculty members and students and all the spectators under the leadership of Dr Shridhar Dwivedi.

Highlighting the importance of the event, Prof S Dwivedi, Senior Consultant Cardiologist at National Heart Institute, New Delhi and former Dean & Principal of HIMSR, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, said, “It is significant that the newly established ESIC Medical College took a lead on an issue which is of great national relevance in view of surging epidemic of tobacco related diseases among poor people that too at a very young age of 35-45 years.”

“This is praiseworthy on the part of this nascent medical college in the NCR at the periphery of Delhi. It is noteworthy that government agencies spend lakhs of rupees on such functions in costly hotels and have a lot of fanfare, however, here is a medical college which has done immense service to the community by having street plays, poster competitions, awareness lectures and an interactive session with tobacco victims and their families,” added Prof Dwivedi.

As a part of the celebrations, the ESIC Medical College organised health camps and street plays on May 29 to generate awareness on the bad effects of tobacco among common people.

On May 30, Rangoli making, poster making and slogan writing competitions on the bad effects of tobacco were held at Manav Rachna Dental College. The students from both the institutions participated actively.

A panel discussion, participated by Dr Praveen Malik of Department of Medicine, Dr Ankur Sachdeva of Department of Psychiatry and Dr Rajesh Ranjan of Department of Community Medicine from ESIC MC&H, was aired by radio station 107.8 FM. They discussed various aspects about tobacco. The panel discussion was moderated by RJ Bhawna.

During the panel discussion, Dr Praveen Malik discussed various ill effects of tobacco products. Dr Ankur Sachdeva talked about psychosocial aspects and ways of de-addiction. Dr Rajesh Ranjan discussed various forms of tobacco being consumed and the important role of individual, family and society in the prevention of tobacco use. He also stressed upon the need for strictly implementing tobacco related laws.

On the third and concluding day, May 31, a three-kilometre long walkathon was organised to generate awareness among the residents of Faridabad about the ill effects of tobacco. The walkathon started with a nukkad natak at ESIC Medical College and Hospital to generate awareness among patients, their attendants, employees and students and culminated at Manav Rachna Dental College. A quiz contest and CME were also organised at the ESIC Medical College.

Students of MRDC playing a street play (nukkad natak) at ESIC MC&H.
Students of MRDC playing a street play (nukkad natak) at ESIC MC&H.

Dr Ranabir Pal, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, talked about the widespread tobacco menace and prevention. He also discussed the epidemiology of tobacco use and the diseases caused by it.

Dr Shridhar Dwivedi, Consultant Cardiologist, National Heart institute and a prominent figure in the field of tobacco related research delivered a lecture on maladies due to tobacco. He shared his own personal experience of his crusade against tobacco in his long professional career. He also talked about etiopathogenesis, various causative factors that lead to the ill effects of tobacco and its devastating impact.

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