ABS-CBN conducts medical, dental missions in rural areas


Posted at Aug 31 2008 10:16 AM | Updated as of Aug 31 2008 06:30 PM

ABS-CBN was supported in its medical and dental missions by the Philippine Air Force health team

Thousands of poor families in various rural areas have availed of free medical, dental and feeding services of ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya: Kalusugan Patrol Saturday.

In cooperation with local government units, local health offices, military and police, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group has launched the program simultaneously in various provinces. 

Pederio Pangga, 71, was among the 700 people who lined up in Barangay Hipodromo in Cebu City to get free medical consultations. Pangga was given free medicine for his body itchiness and arthritis.

Roselle Norca said she was happy that doctors were able to check the condition of her one-year-old daughter Rose-Ann who is suffering from asthma.

"She really has difficulty in breathing and I never had her checked. I'm glad ABS-CBN is here,” said Norca.

Pangga, Rose-Ann and other residents who were mostly afflicted with cough and colds were attended by 37 doctors from Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), six doctors from Cebu City Health, and 80 nursing student volunteers from the University of the Visayas.

"This is a good event, ABS-CBN has become our bridge to extend our services to the community," said Dr. Myrna Go, CCMC director.

Aside from medical services, 93 people, young and old, in Barangay Hipodromo availed of free dental services. Five dentists from Cebu City Health and four from the Philippine Air Force health team provided the service.

Also, 400 children were given free porridge as part of Bantay Bata 163’s feeding program.

"This is part of our advocacy, to reach out to our listeners and viewers in the way they need it most," said Tata Sinco-Sy, ABS-CBN Cebu Area Manager.

"This is a way of giving back to the people, the support and trust they have given to ABS-CBN, and to TV Patrol Central Visayas now that it has reached its 20th year of public service," said Heide Acuña, TVPCV news anchor.

Eighty villages in Cebu City have benefited from ABS-CBN’s medical, dental and food programs.  Barangay Hipodromo is one of the most populated villages in the city, with 9,531 residents.

In San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, ABS-CBN brought free medical and dental services to 1,945 residents.

More than 300 residents in Barangay 2-A in Davao City underwent free medical and dental check up held at the gymnasium of Magallanes Elementary School.

The doctors said most of the residents, especially the children, were suffering from cold, cough and fever. Free seminar on oral hygiene was also provided.

At least 1,000 families from Barangay Telacsan in Macabebe town, Pampanga and other nearby villages benefited from the program.

Thousands of residents in Cagayan Valley benefited from medical and dental programs of ABS-CBN.

Most of them have been diagnosed with upper respiratory infection while half of the total patients underwent dental services. The patients were also given free medicine.

More than 600 children and their parents in Barangay Camansihay, Tacloban City were served with pansit, bread and nutritious porridge.

Three hundred individuals also went through medical consultations, including some pregnant women, wherein their blood pressures, sugar level and eyes, ears, nose and throat were checked by 11 doctors.

They were also given free medicine while the children received vitamins.

Health workers also provided services to residents of Barangay Rioeng, San Mateo, Camanggaan, Laoag City. Relief goods were also delivered for the victims of typhoon Karen.

Hundreds of residents in Butuan City as well as in General Santos City availed of the ABS-CBN reach-out programs.