CITY OF MALOLOS- A total of 3,298 Bulakenyos benefited from the free medical services during the four-day medical and surgical mission by the delegates from the Philippine Medical Association Medical Mission Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city from January 22 to 25, 2018.
The Filipino and American nurses and doctors managed to serve 2,671 out-patients including 362 senior citizens, 1,890 adults and 419 children; 197 were able to avail of the dental services, 160 availed of the ophthalmology services, 181 had undergone minor operations and 89 went through major operations.
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado believed that by bearing a hand to the needy, there is no unhealthiness that cannot be cured. He also admired that they literally crossed the seas just to go back and help their motherland.
“While we, the Provincial Government, have earnestly devoted much of our funds and efforts in giving priority to the health and wellness of our people through acquisition of medical equipment; improvement of our hospitals and facilities; and comprehensive training of our medical personnel, we recognize the reality that such efforts need support from individual and organizations such as the Philippines Medical Mission Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Missouri to ensure its fruition,” the governor said.
Dr. Necita Roa, the president of the PMA Medical Mission Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Missouri, claimed that their mission’s objective is to give the Bulakenyos medical assistance and free medicines.
“Ang layunin ng PMA ay makatulong sa mga kababayan, makatulong manggamot ng iba’t ibang klase ng sakit sa ating mga kababayan. Every year, pumupunta kami dito para matulungan ang mga kababayan na mayroong sakit,” Dr. Roa said.
Moreover, Dionita Morales, one of the patients who consulted because of her constant migraine and fatigue, thankfully recognized the big help of the free medical mission.
“Sa mga katulad ko po na single parent, wala akong kakayahan para sa sarili ko dahil inuuna ko ‘yung anak ko, napakalaking bagay sa amin dahil hindi kami makapag-afford ng medical check-up kagaya sa mga private na ospital kaya nagpapasalamat po kami kay Gob. Willy Sy-Alvarado dahil po sa kanyang malaking tulong at sa mga bumubuo na doktor ng PMA,” she said.
The PMA Medical Mission Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Missouri has been giving free medical services in Bulacan since 2013. They served a total number of 13,545 beneficiaries in their five years of medical mission.