The Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc. (VPHCS) joined other non-government organizations in holding a Solidarity Health and Relief Mission in Brgy Trinidad, Guihulngan Negros Oriental last July 17 – 18, 2011.
The mission provided much needed medical, dental, and circumcision services and distributed food and other relief goods to nearly 1,000 farmers and their families residing in the mountain barangays of Trinidad, Kasanday, Takpaw, and Binobohan in Guihulngan.
The mission was sponsored by the Negros Island Health Integrated Program (NIHIP), the Franciscans Mountain Clinics, Community Empowerment and Resource Network (CERNET), Center for People’s Resources and Services Inc. (CPRS), Negros Rural Assistance Program, Inc (NRAPI), Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and the Filipino American Health Workers Association (FAHWA).
The team from the VPHCS was composed of Drs. Mark Molina and Grace Molina, Lourdes Geolin, Emelie Fernandez, Cheryl Padilla, R.N., Linda de Castro, and Arian Rama, R.N. The Cebu Dental Society sent a team of nine dentists.
The beneficiaries included 90 dental patients, 41 circumcised boys, 561 medical patients, and 210 families given food and relief goods.
The mission was requested by the farmers’ organization in Negros Oriental, the KAUGMAON or Kahugpungan sa mga Gagmayng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros in response to the dire lack of medical services in the far-flung barangays of Guihulngan and the prevalence of poverty and malnutrition.