A health campaign carried out on board the Carajás Railway (EFC) passenger train proved attractive to a large share of its passengers in the last week of October. For two days, 23 professionals from Vale’s Health area in the state of Maranhão conducted health education and promotion activities, which included handing out around 3,000 kits containing oral hygiene materials and a leaflet about men’s health. The team also administered around 800 rapid tests for HIV/AIDS, syphilis and hepatitis, as well as 64 leprosy tests. In all, the initiative, called “Health Station,” benefited more than 3,000 people.
This is the fifth time that the Maranhão State Health Secretariat, Vale and the Vale Foundation have come together to offer health services on board the EFC passenger train. On Thursday, when the train left São Luís Train Station at 8 am, the Cambalhotas group went through all the railcars playing musical instruments and inviting passengers to take part in the project in a fun way. On the following day, the same thing happened in Açailândia, and only ended when the train arrived in São Luís. To carry out the health activities, two railcars were adapted to receive the passengers.
Men’s and women’s health was the main theme addressed in this edition of the project. In addition to the aforementioned tests, passengers could also check their blood pressure, blood glucose and oral health. “I really liked the services. I think it’s a good idea and it should be done more times, because there aren’t many opportunities in the town where I live, and when there are it is a lengthy process. Here it’s a good service; they do everything possible to make us feel really comfortable and they provide a lot of very interesting information. I managed to get answers to many questions,” said Ana Jessica, who took the train to the town of Arari in Maranhão.
The Health Station campaign was carried out for the first time in 2013. More than 10,000 people have benefited from its five editions. The passenger railway service offered by Vale covers 27 municipalities: 23 in Maranhão and 4 in Pará.
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