The annual FANA medical mission was conducted in Calasiao last January 26-27,
2017. It was considered by the residents of the local community as a major event in
helping the very poor and indigent people in the area.
During the first day FANA has seen 870 patients and then increased to 1830 patients
the following day.
There were four (4) Medical Doctors who treated 2,200 patients with condition
ranging from high blood pressure, cardiac problems, high cholesterol, diabetes, skin
conditions infections, etc.
Two (2) Pediatricians saw 185 children ages from infant to teen.
Five (5) surgical staff did minor surgeries in a private area.
Three (3) Dentists and twelve (12) of their students joined and saw 250 patients. They
provided dental extraction, dental hygiene and prevention, free toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss.
Optical- Six (6) staff has seen 1300 patient and were given 1300 reading glasses. This
is one of the busiest sections with patients lined up even after the closing time.
Reading glasses were apparently too expensive for them to afford. They are to be able to read again.
One of the major emphases of the mission is breast cancer awareness. Mayor Arman
Buzon became very interested in knowing that Filipino women have the 11th highest
incidence and mortality of breast cancer in the world and rank highest at 58% among Asian countries.
There were 300 clients and 27 pregnant women who took advantage of this program.
FANA trained three (3) local nursing graduates and two (2) nurses in the Birthing Clinic
the proper procedure in conducting breast examination. We surveyed and gathered
pertinent data. We demonstrated the screensing process with a visual presentation
including mannequin subjects.
The Mayor and local officials were impressed and instated a resolution in which
FANA’s medical program became permanent record in the municipality. He also was
encouraged to incorporate the Breast Awareness Program as a component of their Health and Wellness program.
We expressed our deep gratitude to the town of Calasiao, HAAP (Healthy Asian Americans Project) which awarded grant to FANA thru FILAMCCO, local Kiwanis Club and the Television and Radio coverage in the area.
Submitted by: Ernesto Bedia, M.D., Medical Director