Lifeline Medical Mission at Brgy Alacalian, Taytay, Palawan. Thankful for an opportunity to bring medical and dental services to our brothers and sisters in this area, to meet them and talk and laugh with them, to hear their stories. And, a great team makes a great mission–when we work together like this–wonderful things happen!
On Sunday April 19, 2015 we had our first medical mission for this year! A group of 21 volunteers all in all went, accompanied by the marines, to Brgy Alacalian, Taytay in Palawan. We had three doctors (Jasmin Jamora, Odette Alonso and Mikey Sioson), four dentists (Milo Osias, Christina Espenilla, Roberto Chico and Beth Ruedas), two nurses (Cassandra Sacro and Shane Marie Dico), our social worker Jane Abrot and the rest of us were Lifeline volunteers.
We arrived in Puerto Princesa on Saturday morning, April 18, and were brought by the marines to Taytay in the afternoon. The medical mission itself was in a barangay around one hour car drive from Taytay. So the next morning we drove (again accompanied by our military friends) to Brgy Alacalian. Once we were there the work did not stop until the afternoon. Each of the doctors had one Lifeline assistant and we had our pharmacy team, our photographer and the rest of the volunteers were helping out wherever help was needed.
We had 262 patients this day. 194 medical patients and 67 in dental care. Additionally Doc Milo, one of our dentists was teaching around 90 children of the community how to brush their teeth properly. After this lesson every child got one toothbrush and one stuffed toy for free. The thankful smiles were so heartwarming!
In the treatment area of the dentists we had a lot of brave patients. Young kids who had to get teeth pulled out, getting an anesthesia were not crying, but looking curiously at the instruments of the dentists. And also the older patients were sitting patiently in their chairs waiting for their turn.
Our doctors had the main house of the school were we had the medical mission. We had so many young mothers with their babies as patients. That showed us again that one of the biggest needs is to bring sex education to provincial areas. We need to explain women and men how to prevent pregnancies.
The military people were giving some of the boys and men a haircut for free while the doctors were treating their patients.
All in all this was a very successful medical mission! The team of doctors and Lifeline volunteers worked perfectly together, the atmosphere was very good! Holding all the babies, playing with the children, taking care of the older people and simply the feeling of being able to help this people made us keep smiling and giving all our love to these community.
We hope to bring our medical team soon to other areas and reach those who are underserved.