On May 30, 2013 the Student Council, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal in collaboration with Indian Dental Association, Manipal Branch hosted a first-of-its-kind painting competition at Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal. The theme was, ‘Role of Media in Tobacco Control’. With nearly 30 students from all years taking part, the contest was close and picking winners was tough. The victorious Interns were
Rudra Mohan Saxena (1st), Shalini Singh (2nd) and Rachita Ramya (3rd).
The valedictory ceremony and display of all paintings was held on May 31, 2013, the World No Tobacco Day. A number of other activities were also held on the same day.
A dental health education and focused screening camp was conducted by the Dept. of Public Health Dentistry and IDA, Manipal branch, at Rajangana on the premises of the Shree Krishna Temple, Udupi where screening for oral cancer and dental treatment was provided to about 400 Yakshagana artistes. Dr. Bhaskar Anand Kumar, Former Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, KMC Manipal who is an accomplished Yakshagana artiste himself was the guest of honour.
The Student Council, in collaboration with Oral Cancer Organization, conducted an awareness walk for Oral Cancer on the 31st evening starting from the OPD, marking the beginning of their Annual Oral Cancer Awareness Week, 2013. Nearly 2000 pamphlets, both in English and Kannada, containing information about tobacco, its ill effects and information about oral cancer, were distributed to the general public of Manipal.
From June 3 to 7, 2013, Oral Cancer Screening and Educational Camps were held at various locations across the Manipal University campus for the benefit of Manipal Service Corp Facilities Management personnel. It was organized jointly by the Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Student Council 2012-13 and Oral Cancer Organization. Nearly 570 ancillary personnel were counseled about tobacco and Oral Cancer and more than half of them were advised to quit the use of smokeless tobacco, a habit that was seen widely prevalent in them. Pre-malignant lesions were observed in nearly fifteen workers and these individuals will be counseled at a higher stage regarding their habits and possibility of treatment.
The success of the entire Oral Cancer Awareness Event can be attributed to nearly sixty interns, who gave their time and dedication towards the awareness creation drive of this devastating, yet completely avoidable affliction. A special mention goes to the Dean Dr. Nirmala N. Rao, the Associate Dean Dr. Keerthilatha M. Pai , the faculty of Department of Public Health Dentistry Dr. RamPrasad V.P. and Dr.Shashidhar Acharya, Dr. Anirudha Agnihotry of Oral Cancer Organization, and Mr.Sambit Dash, local representative of Oral Cancer Organization for being instrumental in putting together the event and for its success.