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Medical mission in Leyte

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As it expands its medical services for families affected by Typhoon Yolanda outside the Cebu province, the Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, conducted a medical and psychosocial support services mission in Barangay Dinaayan, a far-flung mountain barangay in the municipality of Burauen last March 8, 9.

More than 250 patients from Dinaayan and neighboring mountain barangays of Damulo-an, Villa Corazon and Buenavista availed of free medical check-ups, consultations and medicines and psychosocial counseling.

Burauen is a first class municipality in the central part of Leyte, about two hours travel time from Tagbilaran. It was badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda; coconut trees and crops were destroyed and houses were damaged. There were however no reported deaths.

The mission was supported by the Fil-Am Center for Community Health and Development (FACCHD) and Action Medeor. It was held in coordination with the Tabang Sinirangang Bisayas and Health Empowerment and Action in Samar and Leyte, two non-government organizations based in Eastern Visayas.

The medical and psychosocial team was composed of VPHCS staff and volunteers Dr. Petty Orbeta de Castro, Dr. Lilia Hernandez, Dr. Norbert Enders, Dr, Jose Edgar Alonso, Dr. Erlinda Posadas, Dr. Grace Molina, Dr. Oliver Gimenez, Irish Grace Ramirez, R.N., Lourdes Geolin, Crescenciana Labitad, Angelie Marangga, Boy Tamundo, Katrina Buena Balansa, Jade Ann Vega, Pearl Angeli Templado and Cebu Institute of Medicine medical interns and Gullas College of Medicine medical interns.

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