PIMS to start cessation clinic in first week of June


ISLAMABAD: Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&DD) Deputy Director Minhaj Siraj on Saturday said that the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) is all set to open its cessation clinic in the first week of June.Addressing a press conference, he said that the district administration has approved the request of the CA&DD in declaring all mega-social events in the city, tobacco and smoke free. He said that the CA&DD is also developing a plan for cancer prevention and its control involving all stakeholders and last week, it has been assigned to prepare itself to establish the first “Comprehensive Care Cancer Hospital”, of the country, in the capital. He said that the “Islamabad Tobacco Smoke free initiative” by the Capital Administration and Development Division aims at a comprehensive and universal protection of the masses. He said that a project has conducted a baseline survey of “Second-hand Tobacco Smoke” in over 100 ear-marked public places of the capital.The data from the recorders is being interpreted and would be compared with another similar monitoring at the end year of the project to ascertain the impact, our efforts could make. He said that another survey regarding the current implementation status of the law was completed involving 1,250 public places and retail sale points of tobacco products, within the city. He said that the district administration’s focal person for tobacco control is exerting her best efforts but there is need to exercise less tolerance and enforce the law in stricter dimensions, as the results of this survey are very far from pleasing. The current volatile law and order situation in the country is not conducive to focus on the tobacco control laws but the use of tobacco is killing five times more Pakistanis then terrorism, target killings, road accidents, sectarian violence, honour killings, and drone attacks combined. Minhaj said that as the tobacco control efforts in the country are donor-funded, the CA&DD secretary has instructed the project management to prepare a PC-1 for securing the ownership of the government for this major public health issue. The first draft of the project digest would be submitted to the Planning Commission, within this financial year before end June, he added. 

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