Mother’s Day Campaign Features Oral Care, Better Taxi Experience, Essay Contest
To time with Mother’s Day, the Department of Health (DOH) is working with Taipei Dental Association, dental clinics across Taipei, and Taipei’s taxi fleets to organize a series of events targeting the health and well-being of pregnant women and moms between May 8 and June 8.The campaign encompasses three activities: oral health examination, better taxi experience, and an essay competition to raise public awareness on care for women and children.
According to Taipei Dental Association President Chen Jih-sheng, pregnancy could increase the risk of cavities and gingivitis due to changes in hormones and dietary habits. Oral checkup is therefore vital for pregnant women and their babies. During the event period, a total of 240 dental clinics and institutions will provide pregnant women with oral health check service with registration fee waived. Expectant mothers will need to show their National Health Insurance Card and Maternal Health Handbook to access the service.
In a bid to enhance transportation environment for women with kids, the City has collaborated with Metropolitan Transport Corporation, 55688, and Crown taxi fleets to provide friendly and accessible service to passengers with strollers, parents carrying kids, and pregnant women. Cab drivers will assist passengers in placing strollers onboard, ensuring a smooth ride, among other considerate measures that seek to provide pleasant riding experience for passengers.
An essay contest is also being held to encourage the sharing of stories with themes such as caring for kids, being a mom, or being pregnant. The event aims to generate warmth in a city that strives to boost birth rates and create a friendly environment for raising children. The total amount of the prizes is worth NT$17,000. To learn more about the campaign, please visit the Chinese website of DOH (http://health.gov.taipei/Default.aspx?tabid=407)(Chinese) or call the 1999 Citizen Hotline (1999, ext. 1834).