Advanced Stomato-Diagnostician Association under the aegis of Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology in collaboration with INNOV8 Oral Health Care Association under the aegis of Department of Public Health Dentistry celebrated “World No Tobacco Day 2022” on 30th and 31st May 2022. On 30th May an outreach camp was organized at Pelpa village where 85 patients were screened and educated regarding harmful effects of tobacco. 19 patients were given treatment in the Mobile Dental Van. A Nukkad Natak was performed by the Interns depicting various harmful effects of tobacco on the oral cavity, body and the environment. Nukkad Natak attracted a lot of attention from the elderly to the youth of the village. This was followed by a health talk by Dr. Sachin Chand & Dr. Monika Singh. Their talk focused on the different forms of tobacco, ill effects of tobacco on the oral cavity and early detection of precancerous oral lesions and Oral Cancer.
On 31st May a health talk was given by Dr. Preetika Yadav, MDS 1st Year, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology to the patients in the dental OPD about Tobacco and Oral Cancer. Pamphlets emphasizing the ill effects of tobacco and sensitizing about Tobacco cessation services in the Department was distributed to the patients in the dental OPD. Nukkad Natak was performed by the Interns in the Dental porch area which was graced by Prof.(Dr.) Sham Lal Singla, Advisor, SGT University, HODs, Faculty Members, Interns and students. The target audience was non-teaching staff and they actively participated and thoroughly enjoyed the vibrant performance by the Interns.
The events spread over two days were conceived by Dr. Shourya Tandon and Dr. Astha Chaudhry & were coordinated by Dr. Abhinav Bhargava and Dr. Komal Sharma from the two departments.
The enthusiasm from the audience demonstrated the growing need and demand for more community-based awareness programs to fight the ill effects of tobacco.