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Several public health signage in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental are going viral after a doctor complained that it leads the public with wrong information.
Doctor laments “misleading” public health signage

On Facebook, a Gingoog-based doctor Harold Rodriguez Cagang shared his disappointment on a health project from his barangay. Cagang, who admitted that he doesn't really enjoy talking about politics couldn't help but lament on how several signage near his home seems to be providing misleading information. He shared a few photos of the health signage.

One post showed the “6 F’s of Tuberculosis” and wrote down, “Fever, Fawis, Fayat, Productive Cough, Film, Filipino.”

Doctor laments “misleading” public health signage
This public health signage has gone viral | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Harold Rodriguez Cagang

Another one showed the message, “Eat to Learn. Learn to Eat.”

Doctor laments “misleading” public health signage
This public health signage has gone viral | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Harold Rodriguez Cagang

Another post had the message, “Don’t Let Drugs Keep You From Your Dreams.”

Doctor laments “misleading” public health signage
This public health signage has gone viral | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Harold Rodriguez Cagang

Cagang also shared that he heard from a “reliable source” that the project allegedly cost P50,000 and they made 7 of those posts.

As a doctor, Cagang shared that what bothered him is not the price but said, “How/where on earth did they get this kind of information?”

He called out to the barangay health officials to be more mindful of the sharing health information to the public. Cagang wrote, “Let's be leaders and not misleaders.”

The 6 Fs of Tuberculosis was actually taken from the mnemonics made by the Asian Medical Students’ Association. The message is usually accompanied by an infographic properly explaining the symptoms: 1.) Fever 2.) Fawis- sweats and chills 3.)Fayat -thin 4.) “Froductive” Cough 5.) Diagnosed using a Film-X-ray 6.) Most importantly, Filipinos. Without the right explanation, the message would really be confusing.

Doctor laments “misleading” public health signages

UPDATE: Barangay officials take action

After Dr. Cagang’s post went viral, the barangay officials immediately took action. The controversial public health signage have been “wiped clean” with white paint.

Doctor laments “misleading” public health signage
Barangay officials have erased the confusing signage | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Harold Rodriguez Cagang

Doctor laments “misleading” public health signage
Barangay officials have erased the confusing signage | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Harold Rodriguez Cagang

— Sally, The Summit Express


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