Govt to train focal people to spread awareness on tobacco

The 'Training of Trainers' will be held on April 4, at the MCH Auditorium of the Pims


Our Correspondent April 01, 2019
The 'Training of Trainers' will be held on April 4, at the MCH Auditorium of the Pims. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: To build the capacity of designated focal people nominated by respective ministries for better enforcement of the tobacco laws, nominated by federal ministries, the federal health ministry has decided to hold a day-long Training of Trainers (TOT) this week.

The TOT will be held on April 4, at the MCH Auditorium of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).

In a letter issued to all federal ministries, divisions, joint secretaries, the health ministry had told them that the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 7 million people every year, including 160,000 people in Pakistan.

Of these, more than 600,000 are non-smoker’s who die simply because they breathe second-hand smoke. But more than 80% of these deaths are preventable among people living in low and middle-income countries. For this purpose, the ministry said that the federal government was implementing a “Tobacco-Smoke Free Islamabad” programme by creating awareness through signage and enforcement of tobacco control laws.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2019.

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