Firms told: Provide fast lanes

THE City Health Department has been tasked by the Cebu City Council to coordinate with the Task Force Cancer in reminding all establishments to install express lanes for cancer survivors.

In support of the celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the city health office was also tapped to conduct training on breast examination for early detection of cancer, with all the barangay health workers (BHWs) from 80 barangays as participants.

Councilors Lea Japson and Nestor Archival, in their resolution approved by the council, encouraged all private and public establishments, particularly hospitals and diagnostic clinics, to provide express lanes for cancer survivors.

In 2008, the council passed City Ordinance 2162, or the ordinance creating a task force for the protection and welfare of the persons with cancer.

The ordinance aims to protect and promote public health by engaging the cooperation and participation of all sectors of the community in information drive, campaigns and advocacy towards maintaining a healthy environment beneficial to all, especially persons with cancer.

The City will monitor the compliance of the ordinance and will be active in initiating programs to educate people about the disease.

Some establishments have installed express lanes, but these will only accommodate senior citizens.

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