A Press Conference/Meet was organised on 5 March 2021 at Sutra Lounge, Hetauda, Makwanpur District. The main objective of the press conference was to inform the media about the Interactive workshop that is going to happen on 6 March 2021 from 8:30 AM at Avocado and Orchid Hotel, Hetauda Makwanpur District along with the Hetauda Declaration that is going to happen on that day.
In the event, Mr. Vimal Kumar Hoda informed the press about the measures that NCRS and NDRI team are taking to control tobacco use in Nepal and inform and invited the media representatives to attend the Interactive Workshop that is going to happen tomorrow on 6 March 2021 at Avocado and Orchid Hotel. Similarly, Dr. Jaya Kumar Gurung also briefed about the activities that will be conducted in the workshop, the objective of the interactive workshop and informed the media about the "Hetauda Declaration". Mr. Kunja Joshi, Deputy Director of NHEICC also talked about the death statistics related to tobacco use and its contribution to cancer. Mr. Devi Prasad Sharma also talked about the benefits of tobacco tax increment in health and economy of Nepal. Through this press conference, the media representatives were informed about the importance of tobacco control in Nepal and about the "Hetauda Declaration" that will happen in the Interactive workshop.
Mr. Upendra Aryal, Executive Director of DBIEA also encouraged the media representatives to inform the public about the importance of tobacco control in Nepal and the measures that can be taken for it; through their writings in newspaper, online platform and radio programs. The Press Conference was a success as more than 20 representatives from local media were present in the Press Conference. The media representatives were from Radio Makwanpur, Galaxy TV, Hetauda News, Sahee Khabar, Chhahari Network, Radio Thaha Sanchar, Radio Sandesh, Hetauda Sandesh, Nagarik Daily, Samriddha Samaj National Daily, DBIEA, Anmol Khabar, BBC Media Action, Naya Patrika Daily, Team TV, News24TV Nepal and Byapar. The news of the press conference and the objectives of interactive workshop are also published in the news platform (online, newspaper).
The news coverage of Press Conference in Hetauda is as follows: