An entire clinic in Hong Kong has been festooned with images of the Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty in a bid to calm the fears of nervous children.
Situated in a shopping mall, the center is decked out from top to bottom with Hello Kitty pictures and imagery. From the couches in the waiting area, to the scales, and even to band aids, all has the personal touch of the famous kitten on it.
Registered nurse Zoe Fung said that the concept of the center is to create a relaxing environment for kids.
"We used the colors white, blue and pink to create a friendly and warm atmosphere. We hope that the kids and their parents who come here will have a positive experience. Even if you're not here to enjoy the service, we hope people will come here to take a look and have a great time," she said.
It is a powerful antidote to the sight of needles and syringes.
"They come with a smile and leave with a smile. Getting vaccination shots is something that children are normally afraid of. However, in a pretty environment like this, the children leave with a smile on their face," Fung said.
Hello Kitty is a fictional cartoon character created by a Japanese company in the 1970s. The white kitten with a pink bow tie on its ears has since acquired a huge following in Asia. There are cafes, shops, and even airplanes festooned with the Hello Kitty theme.
The Hong Kong clinic offers health exams and vaccinations for infants, children, and adults.
- Editor:Justine | Source: Agencies
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