No Lift Day

It’s the stairs only, for once a week, even if your hospital has 10 stories, as the Health Ministry introduces “No Lift Day”

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry will be introducing a “no lift day”, whereby staff members from the minis­try’s complexes, hospitals and health departments will have to take the stairs to their offices, even if they are located on the 10th floor of the building.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the “no lift day” was meant to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“On the ‘no lift day’, everyone will have to use the stairs.
As we are promoting healthy lifestyles, it is only right that we take the lead and set an example,” he said.

So how long will this last? The true value of any exercise programme will become clear with the test of time. There’s no point in having this for say only 2 or 3 months, then it’s back to the lifts!
It might be better to have a programme to promote the use of stairs for climbing say 3 flights instead of taking the lifts every day, rather than enforcing no-lift day once a week. As it is, exercise is better if you perform it more often, at least 3 times a week.
I’d like to see the Health Minister actually do this himself week in and week out.
As someone in Dobbs quipped, “No problem at my hospital, 50% of the lifts are not working anyway”


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1 Comment on “No Lift Day

  1. Pity the consultant who has a clinic on the ground floor and his/her ward on the 10th floor and gets called to review several cases on that day! Woe betide the patient if he/she collapses in a 10th floor ward and all the doctors are on the ground floor!