MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has launched “Train Wrap” in LRT Line 2 that contains postings of health reminders and tips for its passengers.
According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the move would help inform LRT’s millions of passengers and the public in general about the importance of their health. This way, people would find it difficult to disregard the advice of the agency.
“This is a very good medium by which we can bring to the consciousness of the riding public and the public in general. This is an important public health campaign of the DOH and in view of bringing health closer to our people,” Duque said.
Also posted inside and outside of the LRT train coaches is the information about the programs of DOH.
Inside the train are the various health tips like the proper washing of hands, covering of nose and mouth when coughing, the benefits of blood donation, and the agency’s immunization programs including information on anti-dengue vaccines.
According to the DOH, the agency has allotted Php 4-million for the launching of the said program.
With this, four LRT Line 2 coaches will have postings of health tips.
The DOH Train Wrap is the first ever program of the agency in coordination with the LRTA that pushes for health innovation using technology to reach ordinary Filipinos.
‘This is the first time that we will do this in the Department of Health. We know our people these days would like to do so many things but with so little time and opportunity lie waiting for the train to come, looking at people, getting out of the train are opportunities wherein important messages of health can be read, can be understood,” said DOH Office of Technical Services Usec. Gerardo Bayugo.
“We are taking advantage of this partnership with LRTA,” he added.
Meanwhile, Director Bello of the Health Promotions and Communication Services said the program is a good way to inform Filipinos who are busy on a daily basis and seem to forget about various health information.
“If we intensify this program to reveal information about health, at least, 50%-80% of public health is done. We need to prevent the occurrence of disease or ailments because as we all know an ounce of prevention is worth than a pound of cure,” said the director.
The operation of the DOH wrapped train in LRT Line 2 station begins at 4:30 in the morning and ends at 10 in the evening. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue