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The Hon'ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr J.P. Nadda, released the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Questionnaire, thus announcing the start of this nation-wide survey
The Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr J.P. Nadda, released the Global Adult Tobacco Survey Questionnaire, thus announcing the start of this national wide survey. The occasion of this announcement was the National Conference on Prevention and Control of Major Non-Communicable Diseases in India being held in Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the secretary of health spoke on the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases in India and the launch of a number of new initiatives by the government to address this problem. Dr Hank Bekedam, World Health Organization representative to India, in his speech warmly congratulated the ministry for its efforts at tobacco control of which the Global Adult Tobacco Survey is a part.
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey , which is one of the largest surveys of this kind anywhere in the world, is being implemented by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Speaking on the occasion Dr. T. Sundararaman, and Prof Sulabha Parasuraman explained the survey design and the special features of this survey which would reach out to over 70,000 households over 2500 villages or urban wards across 30 states and 2 union territories. The survey would generate all the information needed not ony as regards the prevelance of smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco, but also on the effectiveness of government efforts at control. Data collection would start in August and by early 2017 the final report would be available. They appealed to state authorities and to the general public to provide support to the survey and subsequently make use of the report to improve tobacco control.
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