The 2017 World No Tobacco Day was celebrated at the Hospital with the Hospital Health Education Team conducting a Public awareness for the Hospital staff, patients and public.
With the theme of ''Tobacco a Threat to Development'' the Health Education team led by Sister Priscilla Kaivavore emphasized the risks of smoking and tobacco especially in young adults who tend to develop this habit at an early age thus making it become a habit for life that was hard to rid of.
The main goals outlined by the World Health Organization for the World No Tobacco Day 2017 campaign are:
· Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development.
· Encourage countries to include tobacco control in their national responses to 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
· Support Member States and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action.
· Encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.
· Demonstrate how individuals can contribute to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world, either by committing to never taking up tobacco products, or by quitting the habit.
Smoking and tobacco is one of the deadliest killers in the world that led to many diseases and it was easily avoidable if persons were aware of its effects at an early stage.
Once addicted to these dangerous habit it becomes a norm in a person’s life and tends to be part of their life until their deaths. In 2016 alone, ANGAU hospital recorded a total 7703 respiratory track disease that was received from the Emergency Department.
It is therefore paramount the habit was discouraged at an early age to encourage people to live healthy lifestyles.