Aizawl, Sept 10: Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today inaugurated 2-day Regional Review Meeting for North Eastern Region on National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) at Aijal Club here in Aizawl.
The Review Meeting is being attended by representatives of all the North Eastern States. Speaking at the Review Meeting inaugural programme, Chief Minister sought the Central Government’s attention concerning public health in the region. He also sought special attention for Mizoram due to its peripheral location.
It is unfortunate that the number of people infected with cancer, diabetes and Hypertension is increasing in Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla said, adding, it is necessary to educate the people regarding the diseases that silently take people’s lives.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also said that Mizoram being known as cancer city is disheartening. It is also sad that number of Diabetes and Hypertension patients goes on increasing, he added.
Saying there can be no development if the people are not healthy, he called for collective effort of the people with strong determination to eradicate the diseases.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla mentioned in his speech that under the initiative of Mizoram State Tobacco Control Society, Mizoram is taking proactive steps in fighting against tobacco and related products.
All the 8 NE States have sent their representatives for the Review Meeting. In all 16 delegates are attending the Review Meeting. Meanwhile, the representative (s) of Union Ministry of H&FW, NCD Cell and of West Bengal also could not come due to unavoidable circumstance.
Lalhmingthanga, IAS, Health Secretary delivered welcome address at the inaugural programme while Dr. Eric Zomawia oriented the gathering on Cancer Pattern in North East through powerpoint presentation.
Principal Director Dr.K.Ropari and Health Director Dr.Lalbiak Kima also addressed the first day of the Regional Review Meeting, which also witnessed presentation from 6 States.
There are 9 National Programmes for NCD, of which NPCDCS is one of the most important because of its being the main cause of deaths in the world.
NPCDCS was started in 2008, and since October 2010, massive drive under the programme has been carried out in 100 districts of the country.
In Mizoram, the programme was carried out in March 2014 in Aizawl, Lunglei, Saiha and Champhai, and NCD Cell has been opened in each Civil Hospital.