On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, 2021, Assam’s Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute(BCCI) brings laurel as it has been conferred the Regional Director’s Special Recognition Award, given by World Health Organization, South East Asia Region for its effort towards tobacco control.
Along with BCCI, five other health Institutes from this region also have been awarded.
The five other institutes include – National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences in Bangalore, National Committee on Tobacco Control of Indonesia, Paolophaholyothin Hospital in Thailand, National Heart Institute in New Delhi, and National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute at Dhaka, Bangladesh as well.
Dr. Amal Chandra Kataki, Director of BCCI said that this Institute has been in the forefront of tobacco control in North East region for the last 18 years.
More than 1500 awareness camps have been conducted by BBCI on harms due to tobacco consumption among the general public across the North East India region.
It has also been running the Regional Tobacco Quit-line Services (RTQS) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India since 2018 (Toll Free No. 1800 1123 56). It is one of the four centers in India to have the tobacco quit-line services.
It is noteworthy that since South East Asia is a huge region which total population is around 200 crore from 11 nations, WHO set up a seperate regional office for this region. The HQ is located in New Delhi.