1.30.2011

PIA News Service - Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011

Army medical outreach mission benefits 250 poor families

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Jan. 29 (PIA) - A total of 250 indigent patients were the recipient of free medical/dental services dispensed by the military and government health workers during the conduct of a joint civic-action activities held last yesterday, Jan 28, 2011,in the depressed Sitio of Pacvangan, Lumbo, Valencia City, Bukidnon.

The medical mission activity was spearheaded by the Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade, under Colonel Romeo L Gapuz, the 8th Infantry Battalion Medical Team, the 43rd CMO Company, under 1LT Herald Amarga, in cooperation with the local government agencies of Valencia City headed by Mayor Leandro Jose Catarata, who wanted to improve the health condition of the underprivileged families in the locality.

The medical outreach mission had successfully treated more or less 250 indigent patients from different ailments/sickness which includes: tooth extraction, circumcision, animal vaccination. The outreach also conducted other activities such as haircut, free feeding activity for children, and lastly the distribution of assorted seeds/seedlings for their backyard gardening projects.

Eugencio Julio C Osias IV, 4ID Spokesman, said that the activity is a concrete effort of the military in reaching out to bring the government closer to the people.

“Our cooperation and efforts are geared towards a healthy environment conducive to live in,” he further said.

This humanitarian endeavor is a continuing effort of the 4ID Command under Major Gen Victor A Felix, AFP, whose aim is to serve and improve the health condition of our people living in the depressed areas where social and medical needs are rarely felt by these communities. (4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)