GUWAHATI, April 25 - At the initiative of various social organisations led by National Initiative of Safe Sound (NISS), International Noise Awareness Day was observed as No Horn Day in the State today. International Noise Awareness Day is observed on the last Wednesday of the month of April every year.
National Initiative of Safe Sound is a joint project of the Indian Medical Association and Association of Otolaryngolists of India. It works with the sole aim of making India a noise-free zone by all ways and means. NISS has been created with representatives from different states of the country. Dr Swagata Khanna, former professor and head of ENT at the Gauhati Medical College, has been selected and inducted as NISS state coordinator from Assam.
NISS has decided to highlight the ill effects of excessive noise during the last week of the current month by holding various awareness programmes by involving the media and senior journalists.
Posters prepared against unnecessary honking on the roads by errant drivers and other members of society, were distributed and displayed at all prominent places, including schools, colleges and other educational institutions. Meetings were also held with the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (M) Guwahati, District Transport Officer, incharges of police stations and ngos.
TV shows and radio programmes would be held by a combined team of members from the North East Branch of Association of Otolaryngologists of India (NEBAOI) and state coordinator of NISS.
At a press meet held today at the Guwahati Press Club, Dr Khanna along with immediate past president of NEBAOI Dr SB Phookan, secretary NEBAOI Dr BN Sharma, treasurer Dr Anandita Das and Dr Anjali Baruah, made a video presentation where the ill effects of using microphones, prolonged use of mobiles, earphones, loudspeakers, crackers, loud bands at wedding parties, festivals and the noise produced by commercial machines and residential appliances including water pump and pressure cookers were demonstrated.