World COPD day was celebrated by Department of Pulmonary Medicine at TB hospital Patiala. It was organised to spread awareness of this disease which is related to smoking and is the second leading cause of death world wide. It started with a walk from Sheranwala gate to TB hospital where a smoking cessation clinic was inaugurated by Director Principal Dr Rajan Singla and Civil surgeon Patiala, Dr Raminder Kaur. It is the first clinic in Punjab dedicated to the cause of smoking cessation. Dr Balbir Singh honorable Cabinet minister Punjab sent his best wishes for this good cause. Dr Vishal Chopra apprised the audience about this problem and need for such kind of special clinics.
A painting competition to sensitise the young children about harms of smoking and spread awareness regarding quitting smoking was also held in three rural schools of Patiala. The winners were awarded prizes in this function.
Many NGOs like Lions club Patiala premier, janhit Samiti Patiala, and Indian Medical Association Patiala participated in this program. It was attended by Dr HS Rekhi, MS Rajindra hospital, Dr RPS Sibia, Vice principal Dr Bhagwant Singh, President IMA, Punjab, President Lions club Patiala, and President Jan hit Samiti.