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District health department gears up to ensure tobacco free status

punjab Updated: Sep 20, 2013 00:23 IST
HT Correspondent

With an aim to attain tobacco and smoke free status, the district health department seems to be in no mood to adopt any laxity before the visit of experts from school of public health in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, in the district.

The team is likely to visit in the first week of October to carry out a survey under Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act.

Already seven districts in the state - Sangrur, Muktsar, Bathinda, Ropar, SAS Nagar, Mansa and Amritsar had been declared as tobacco and smoke free districts.

Pulling up senior medical officers, civil surgeon Dr Varinder Singh MOhi directed them to ensure installation of anti-tobacco and no smoking boards and signage in hotels, restaurants, public department premises, bus stands, railway stations and other public places besides government hospitals, dispensaries and health sub centres under the Act.

"Besides medical officers, principals of government school have been appointed as nodal officer to ensure implementation of the act. It will be mandatory for the officials to send the report of their activities on a daily basis," Dr Mohi said.

The health officials have slapped fine against 2,000 people and collected around Rs two lakh.

"The team will conduct random checks in the district besides questioning people and taking rounds of public offices and public places across the district to ensure implementation," he said.