2,800 patients benefited from 2 FANA medical missions in PHL
Posted on March 28, 2015 // Fil Star News
The Far Eastern and American Nurses Association (FANA) of Great Lakes conducted back-to-back medical-surgical missions last January in the Philippines.
The two missions of FANA benefited some 2,800 indigent patients.
The first of the two missions was held in Caticlan, Boracay, Aklan on Jan. 27 and 28, 2015. It was co-sponsored by the Philippine Red Cross, the Kiwanis Club of Boracay and the Rotary Club of Boracay.
Some 40 volunteers joined the two-day mission which was coordinated by the elected officials of Caticlan and barangay leaders. This made sure that the most needy residents benefited from the free medical-surgical services.
The mission, spearheaded by former FANA president Cecilia Espino, served 400-600 patients a day. Some 20 balikbayan boxes of medical supplies and medicines were earlier delivered to Caticlan.
The second medical-surgical mission, which was coordinated by Angela Pinlac Bedia, was held in Malasiqui, Pangasinan on Jan. 30-31, 2015. For the first time, the mission included optical services.
An optical mobile unit was deployed to conduct free reading consultations and provide free reading eyeglasses, complimentary of the Siapno-Tado Optical of Dagupan City.
Bedia said there were eight members of the Malasique mission who came from the United States. Among them was Imelda Martin-Hum, president of the Filipino American Community Council of Michigan (FILAMCCO).
Ten local doctors and some 30 volunteers participated in the mission. Medical supplies and medicines contained in 20 balikbayan boxes were given free to the patients.
For the first time, the medical mission distributed manual blood-pressure machines with stethoscopes to all the barangays in Malasiqui. It was noted that many indigent people in the town died due to hypertension.
Earlier, the barangay officials informed Bedia of the high rate of hypertension among their constituents.
Acting on the information, Bedia and her husband, Dr. Ernesto Bedia, decided to donate over 100 blood-pressure machines worth over $2,000. Gary Butler of HFHS donated 118 stethoscopes worth $9,000.
Members of the mission taught the healthcare personnel of the 79 barangays on how to take blood pressure with the use of the machines.
Records of the mission showed that there were 1,215 patients (children and adults) benefited from the medical-surgical mission, while 402 patients received free reading glasses donated by the Siapno Optical of Pangasinan. There were 38 minor surgeries performed in the Malasiqui Public Hospital.
The total number of patients served in the two-day mission was 1,617.