Medical Mission: Our Weekend Adventure

From lower right to upper right. Kaye and Daphnie
It's a very fine Sunday to go for a Medical Mission and I'm going to meet Dennis from the College of Medicine who will lead the activity in Brgy. Tipanoy, Iligan City. We have turned over the medicines of Health Organization for Mindanao (HOM) which we had during the Joint medical mission last May to International Organization for Migration (IOM) which will be used for the IDPs on Transitory Sites , and, some were used for today's medical mission. My friends Daphnie and Kaye (Volunteer Nurses in an NGO) joined me to take part of this weekend outreach adventure. So now, were off to Brgy. Tipanoy! :)

The Site:

Where exactly is it? It's actually around  30-45 minutes jeep-ride from Brgy. Palo-o in Iligan City because of the rough road. Here are some of the facts:

Point A - Brgy. Pala        Point B- Brgy Tipanoy

Date Created: Sept. 5, 1966
Fiesta: 3rd Sunday of January
Area: 664.8 ha.Distance (from the city): 5.3km.

Our partner is a Fraternity for Medical Students in MSU-College of Medicine, Iligan City. The founder Dr. Alvarez is a kindhearted person who used to visit far flung areas and bring them medicines, educating them on how to take good care of their health and that was during his time in Medical School. According to his story, he used to stay and immerse in the community for few days and without fear he travels through unknown roads just to send medical aids to these areas. Serving their fellow men is their utmost goal for their brotherhood and I was so inspired of how their organization has grown through the years! For the record, this is their first medical mission as an organization. Dr. Alvarez traveled all the way from Tangub City just to join this momentous event of sharing ones expertise to the community and inspire the future doctors of our country.

Karen Coronado on your Left Most and Kuya Jarred wearing Blue
4rth Year Medical Students were also present in the area doing their 2-months of community work as part of their training in Community Medicine.  I was all the more blessed to see my friends Karen Coronado , kuya Jarred and my Santa Claus - Ate Milfe (4rth Year Med Students). As for me, I facilitated the kids while their moms were on their lectures and check ups. It was fun playing with them.

    As the dusk is nearing, we have to call it a day. We have served 96 Patients for 4 hours including Children and Adults. And, as we go home a bit tired and exhausted, we carry with us our smiles knowing that we have made other people's lives better using our God-given talents and abilities.

Snapshots during the Medical Mission:

Checking the Vital Signs
Check Up
Lectures on Health
Me, Karen, Kaye, Dr. Alvarez, Daphnie and Shadz
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