More than 500 patients from barangays in Carcar and Sibonga were served in a medical mission participated in by the Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc. (VPHCS) in Sibonga Simala Sports Centrum last Dec. 19, 2010.
The medical mission was organized by the Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center (SPFTC), Rotary Club of Banilad Metro (RCBM), VPHCS, Fisherfolk Development Center (FIDEC), Municipality of Sibonga, Punchbowl Baptist Church in Sidney, Australia, and Rural Concerns Network.
Patients came from the barangays of Lamacan, Simala, Banlot, Bagakay, Balaas, Catap, and Kadagit in Sibonga and Bolinawan and Napo in Carcar which have farmers’ organizations that have partnered with the SPFTC in its livelihood programs.
Services during the mission included medical consultations, dental services, blood sugar determination, minor surgery, and general check-up of elementary students.
Medicines and other resources were donated by Fair Trade Friends in Japan, the RCBM, Punchbowl Baptist Church, and Perfectly Natural Herbs and Dunkin Donuts.
The medical team was comprised of VPHCS team Dr. Mark Molina, Dr. Erlinda Posadas, Dr. Grace Molina, Dr. Oliver Gimenez and Cheryl Molina, R.N, Cebu Institute of Medicine graduates Dr. Kenneth Yap and Dr. Larsen Omolon, Dr. Joy Villalon, Dr. Roger Fabian, and volunteer nurses and nursing students.
The SPFTC has been undertaking medical missions in the past years to provide basic medical support to its marginalized and deserving community partners serving 600 to 1,300 individuals in each undertaking.