By TC News Desk
Agartala, December 26: In a collaborative effort to combat tobacco usage, the Voluntary Health Association of Tripura (VHAT) and the Tripura Journalists Union joined forces on Tuesday. Since 1992, VHAT has been at the forefront of tobacco control initiatives in the region. The culmination of this joint endeavour was marked by a Media Sensitization Workshop on “Tobacco Control” held at the Agartala Press Club Conference Hall at 11 am.
The workshop commenced with a welcome speech by Sujit Ghosh, the project manager of VHAT. Key figures such as Additional State Nodal Officer Dr. Subhankar Pal, Legal Consultant Abhimanyu Dutta, and Cyril Alexander, the Executive Director of Mary Annie Charity Trust from Chennai, participated online. The focus of the workshop encompassed the formulation of effective tobacco control laws, training programs, regular meetings, pamphlets, and publicity campaigns. Special attention was given to the development of papers and educational materials.
Representing the Tripura Journalists Union, 35 senior and junior journalists engaged in a discussion cycle expressing their commitment to actively participate in the anti-tobacco campaign. Santosh Gope, the secretary of the Tripura Journalists Union, emphasized the need to extend such workshops to the district level and organize large-scale one-day workshops centrally. He concluded the thematic discussion by expressing gratitude to all involved.
Jyotirmoy Majumdar, admin officer of VHAT, Abhishek Dey, joint secretary of Tripura Journalists Union, Ranjan Roy, treasurer Chinmoy Chowdhury, and executive members Abhishek Saha, Manish Lodh, Suprabhat Debnath, among others, were present during the workshop. Santosh Gope, Secretary of the Tripura Journalists Union, disseminated this information in a press note on Tuesday.