Buddhist foundation holds medical mission in Davao City

Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 05 2016 04:21 AM

Volunteers attend to a patient at the medical mission conducted by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation in Davao City.

DAVAO CITY- The Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation conducted its first medical mission in Davao City on Friday.

The medical mission at the Davao Chong Hua High School started on November 4 and will run until November 6, 2016. 

More than 2,000 individuals benefited from the free medical, dental and eye check-up.

Free medicines and eye glasses were also given to patients.

A total of 110 volunteer doctors assisted the medical mission, 20 of whom are Taiwanese and five are Malaysians.

According to Dr. Chin Lon-Lin, chief executive officer of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, they want to help the people of Davao who are in need of medical treatment.

"Pasalamat kaayo ko sa ilaha, dili lang nako sila masabtan pero naa man interpreter," Marilou Legaspi, a patient , said. 

(I'm very thankful to them, even if I do not understand what they say. But the interpreter helped a lot.)

Since 1999, Tzu Chi Foundation has conducted 215 medical missions all over Asia.