An 18-year old person with special needs braved the odds and decided to undergo free circumcision at the free medical mission despite the ridicule of the crowd who jeered at the sight of his fully-developed genitals.
Meanwhile, a female octogenarian, a couple in their senior years and some teenagers endured the sweltering heat of the sun to queue up for treatment of their bothersome cough, headache, blood pressure and tooth problems, respectively.
They were among the many residents of Barangay Lubo, Takay, Dakit, Ampongol, Liki and other areas of Sogod in north Cebu who were attended to by visiting medical-dental-surgical teams from the Provincial Health Office last Apr. 17 at the Lubo community square.
Barangay Captain Nida B. Bacayo and husband Rex, a Capitol employee, served sumptuous breakfast, snacks and lunch for the team at their residence.
Timmy (not his real name), the 18 year-old surgical patient, almost did not make it as he arrived late with a relative. Despite his adult age, he braved the possible reaction of the crowd and positioned himself on the operating table for the minor surgery.
Forty-seven other young males of neighboring barangays of Takay, Dakit, Ampongol, Matutinag and Liki took advantage of the summer break to undergo the so-called rite of passage for free.
Meanwhile, Imelda Bragat, 80, who came to have her cough treated, after receiving free medicines, said “Nagpasalamat intawn ko (I’m very thankful).”
Apolinar Monsolit, 62, a farmer, who had his cough and blood pressure checked had this to say: “Nindot kaayo nga pirmihon ni kay ang mga pobre makapa-check up pirmi (It would be good if this is done regularly so the poor can also have regular check-ups).”
Cristina, Apolinar’s wife, who consulted for her cough and blood pressure, smilingly said: “Nindot ang programa kay ang way ikaabot, makapa-check up nga libre (The program is good since the marginalized can avail of free check-ups).”
Lorna Pobadora, 58, a farmer, who lined up to have her cough, headache and blood pressure checked, said “Nalipay ko nga dunay libreng medical mission diri sa amo (I’m happy that there is a free medical mission in our place).”
Evangeline Maniba, 45, housewife, who went for a dental extraction, said, “Oki kaayo ning dental mission kay libre baya ug nagpasalamat mi ani (The dental mission is okay since it is for free and for such, we’re very thankful).”
Jessa Silaya, 15, and Jevin Dotillos, 15, both students who went for dental extraction, were thankful fro the free dental mission.
Aileen Reyes, 28, who lined up together with her two children who had cough and colds, for a blood pressure check-up, said of the medical mission: “Maayo kaayo. Nagpasalamat mi nga nakapangayo mig tambal kay wa pa mi kwarta (We are thankful that we were able to avail of medicines since we do not have money at the moment).”
Sammy Bracero, 29, a farmer, who accompanied his son who had colds and his wife who had headache, said, “Nagpasalamat kog maayo sa free medical mission kay dakog ikatabang sa mga dunay sakit sa lawas nga way gasto (I’m very thankful of the free medical mission as they are a big help to the sick).
Wilma Roplo, 43, a vendor, who accompanied her fifth son Julius for circumcision, said “Nagpasalamat mi nga dunay nanuli diri nga libre kay di man god mi makaamot diha god tungod sa among kalisod (We’re thankful of the free circumcision as we cannot afford to pay since we are poor).”
Aside from the 48 circumcision beneficiaries, a total of 464 patients came for consultation, 15 for random blood sugar count and 57 for dental concerns (52 for extraction and five for treatment).
The PHO medical team was composed of doctors Manuel Purog and Henry Calledo, Raymond Jade Laug-laug, Russell Padriga, Felicitas Lumapas, Cynthia Pangatungan, Naomi Espinoza, Julius Monsanto and Elena Malosbalos. The dental team had doctors Niña Basa, Sandra Cabillo and Jane Pesiao, and dental aide Hayle Cuyos.
The Sogod Rural Health Unit team led by Dr. Ariel Roque had Divina Dosado, Jercel Comendador, Ruby Branzuela, Jona Lozano, Janice Caparas, Mary April Ann Vistar, Mary Arrianne Precillas, Ethel Grace Isles, Joseph Kevin Carbona, Aileen Mae Estrella, Chamby Montejo and Brenda Sollano.