Collaborative mission brings health services closer to people

In Minglanilla, two constituents are suffering with illnesses—Milagrosa Mahilom, 56, has arthritis while her father, Agapito Sanchez, 83, has cough, backpains and hypertension.

Early morning on June 26, the two attended the medical and dental mission held in Poblacion Ward 3, Minglanilla to avail of free services.

“Bisan lisod ang pag-anhi kay agakunon man gud akong papa unya naa pa koy arthritis, mianhi gyud mi kay kaayo ani nga naay makahatag namo og tambal (Even when it’s difficult to attend because my father needs assistance then I also have arthritis, we really came since it’s a good opportunity for check up and avail of free medicines),” the youngerMahilom said.

The Medical-Dental Mission and Feeding Program is initiated by the Cebu Provincial Government through the office of Vice-governor Agnes Magpale. It aims to bring health services closer to the people.

The partners included Philippine Navy Reserve Squadron, Hi-Precision Diagnostic Center, Corbridge, and Provincial Health Office.

Services offered were dental check-up, foot screening, blood typing, blood testing, and general consultation for children, adults and senior citizens.

A total of 328 persons came for the medical mission: 55 for the dental service, and 79 senior citizens, 122 adults and 72 children for general consultations.

The children were given antibiotics based on the diagnosis of the pediatricians from the check-up and consultation. They were also given vitamins to boost their immune system as a preparation for the rainy season.

“Kining tiguwang nata unya naay pamation sa lawas kung wala kay kwarta lisod kaayo kay dili ka dayun makapa check-up kay mahal baya ang bayad ug ang tambal (At old age, when we feel something bad in our bodies and we have no money, it is difficult to get a medical check-up and buy medicines because these cost money),Anita Dichos, 58, shared.

She is a widow and now living in a family friend.  She has a child who is now living in her own family.

“Dako na kaayo ning tabang alang nako. Sige og sakit akong ulo unya mamuypoy ko permi. Gitambagan ko sa doctor nga ipatan-aw gyud akong mga mata unya naa silay gi-refer nako (This medical mission is a big help for me. My head hurts and my body is always tired. I was advised by the doctor to have my eyes checked. They referred me to another doctore),Dichos added.

Meanwhile, three volunteers from Rose Institute also expressed their fulfillment for helping and rendering their skills during the activity.

Melona Sencil, Cecilia Ponce and Chona Sebullin of Rose Institute and CPO Ricardo Alano, volunteer from the Navy offered free haircut to 101 persons.

PO3 Nina Bartulfo, also a volunteer from the Philippine Navy Reserve Squadron, headed the feeding to a hundred persons.

There were 11 boxes of medicines and vitamins from the Provincial Health Office while Hi-Precision team with its 16 volunteers also distributed free medicines  during the medical mission.

Donnabella Bautista, 43, tagged along his grandchild for free check up and vitamins since the child had a fever the night before the medical mission.

“Nagpasalamt ko og dako sa probinsya ug sa mga ahensya nga miabag  alang sa paghatag og libre nga serbisyo. Maayo sad kaayo ang dagan sa pamaagi dinhi, dili gubot ang mga tawo kay naay hapsay nga proseso (I am thankful to all agencies and organizations involved in the medical mission and offer free services. I observed that the process during the mission went very smoothly),” said Bautista .

Barangay captains from Ward 3 and Ward 4, Annabelle Simene and Kelvin Paul Unabia, were present during the activity and even provided a sumptuous lunch for everyone.

Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Minglanilla Mayor Elanito A. Peña also took time to visit the medical mission.