Medical clinic for Little Bamboo scholars

Medical services were rendered to scholars of the Little Bamboo Foundation last October 26, 2016.

A total of 190 children ages 6 to 10 years old studying in kindergarden to grade 4 levels in public schools availed of the services. They are scholars of the foundation, coming from poor families living in the pier areas.

The Little Bamboo Foundation is a non-government organization. Its office and preschool is located in 10th Street, Blessed Sacrament Compound, North Reclamation Area, Barangay Tejero, Cebu City.

The medical check-up was done to have a medical profile of the children so that early detection of medical problems can be addressed accordingly. The services also included weight and height determination, urinalysis, eye check up, dental check-up and tooth extraction.

The dental services were provided by the Juanito I. King Foundation with its mobile dental van and its full-time dentist Dr. Rogelio Bagamonde. Dentists Dr. Aida Baroro and Dr. Carolynn Bucao also provided services.

The medical team was composed of the staff of VPHCS, post-graduate interns of Vicente Sotto Medical Center Dr. Hazel Generalao, Jen Ralph Dy, Jannevee Pajantoy, Gullas College of Medicine medical interns Vivien Duyongco and Jenny Babe Cabatania and second year students. VPHCS physician Dr. Erlinda Posadas and nurse Irish Grace Ramirez coordinated the activity together with the staff and teachers of the foundation.

Since July until December 2016, there has been a feeding program of milk and one main meal a day for 154 preschoolers currently in the preschool of the LBF. The 154 children were also given deworming agents last July and vitamins daily in class. Each kid was also given a toothbrush and toothpaste and dental hygiene was ensured. They were also given slippers.

Last October 22, other scholars – 39 preteens (ages 11 to 12 years old) and 78 adolescents (ages 13 to 18 years old), were also given a seminar about adolescent reproductive health by speakers from the VPHCS.

All the services are funded by the LandsAid, a humanitarian aid organization in Germany which is supporting a project of the VPHCS in three barangays in north Cebu. Charlotte Sielicki, Landsaid project manager who was in Cebu for a monitoring visit was present during the October 26 activity.