Bhubaneswar: A “Sensitisation Workshop for Programme Implementors of National Tobacco Control Programme, Odisha” for policy makers, officials of different stakeholder Departments and important key stakeholders was organised on 30th of January, 2019 at Mini-audiotorium, Department of Nursing, AIIMS – Bhubaneswar. The workshop was organised by AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and Government of Odisha, in collaboration with PGIMER, Chandigarh, International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and The Bloomberg Initiative. The workshop is under the project “Advancing tobacco control at national and sub-national level through Capacity building, MPOWER implementation, and support to National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP)”.
The Guest, Dignitaries and Resource Faculties in the workshop were Dr. Gitanjali Batmanabane, Director (AIIMS, Bhubaneswar), Prof (Dr.) Vikas Bhatia, Dean and Head of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Medicine, Dr. Binod KUmar Patro, Additional Professor, Dept. of CM&FM, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Dr. M. R. Samantaray, Director, Public Health, Dr. Haramohan Panda, Joint Director, NCD, Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha, Dr. Sonu Goel, Additional Professor, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Mr. Govind Tripathi, Technical Advisor, International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and Dr. Girija Shankar Mishra, State Consultant-NTCP, Odisha. The participants for the workshop were DPHO-cum-District Nodal Officers and District Consultants – NTCP from all 30 districts, officials from personnel from STCC and representations from the Departments / Organisations like Commissionerate of Police, S&ME / Higher Education, Transport, Tourism, Food Safety, Drugs, Excise, Agriculture, I&PR, VHAI and other concerned stakeholders.
The participants were addressed and sensitised by the Guests, Dignitaries and Resource Faculties on important components under NTCP like COTPA Law, MPOWER, FCTC – Article 5.3 / Tobacco Industry Interference, guidelines, notifications, enforcement and policies under NTCP, health implications of tobaacco use, strengthening institutional mechanism, scope, challenges and way forward under the programme. It was discussed to have various such workshops, training and high level meetings in synergy between Department of Community Medicine and Family Medicine, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and Government of Odisha for strengthening the implementation of NTCP in the State and for benefit of the community at large.