TOBA-GO: Raj initiatives find place in central programmes

Jaipur: Innovative efforts in the field of tobacco control in the state have been included in the best programmes in the country. A presentation on tobacco control programme of the state and its implementation will be given before the health officers of all the states at the National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovation Public Health Care Systems in India to be held in Gandhinagar of Gujarat from November 16 to 18.

Medical and Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma has congratulated the tobacco control unit of the state for this remarkable achievement and has directed to implement the tobacco control program effectively in the future as well. Dr Sharma informed that the health department had made a record by making 1,13,98,000 youths and other people take the oath of not consuming tobacco products and drugs under the massive campaign organised this year on the occasion of Sarvodaya Diwas, January 30.

Dr Sharma said that Rajasthan was awarded the International Award on the occasion of World Tobacco Prohibition Day-2019 by the World Health Organization for the specific work done in the field of tobacco prohibition in the state. He added that keeping in mind the increasing trend of e-cigarettes among the youth, the health department also banned e-cigarettes from May 30 after conducting a study of the impact of e-cigarettes on the health by the experts. Also, a complete ban has been imposed on hookah bars.

More power for Dr Sharma: The Congress party has made Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma the supervisor of Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Sharma as the supervisor of the AICC in the said regions. The AICC Secretary General KC Venugopal issued a letter stating the same. Meanwhile, AICC will be taking on the central government with strong protests against its wrong economic policies from November 5 to 15. The prime agendas of the demonstration would include major economic issues alongside the other failures of the central government.