By Roi Lomotan
More than 2,000 residents of Brgy. Buenavista here and its neighboring communities benefitted from the medical mission conducted by the Philippine National Police Police Regional Office 7 (PRO-7) in partnership with the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in their village over the weekend.
Medical personnel of PRO-7 along with IPHO doctors led by Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion and Provincial Health Director Dr. Henrissa Calumpang gave free medical consultation, dental services, eye check-up, and medicines to the residents in the area.
They also conducted minor surgeries, circumcision, and minor laboratory procedures like ECG and blood typing.
“This medical mission, we initiated it with other agencies. We want to touch base with the people and we assure the people that your police is here to protect you and provide services,” said BGEB. Debold Sinas, director of PRO-7 in an interview with the media.
Punong Barangay Panfilo Dumabok thanked PRO-7 and its partner agencies for providing free medical assistance and other services to his constituents.
Dumabok said this was the second medical mission held in his barangay, although he cited that this was highly attended compared to the previous one.
“Nagpasalamat ko [og] dako ron sa mga katawhan uban sa among mayor sa Siyudad sa Guihulngan (I thank all the people who attended this and also our mayor in Guihulngan City),” Dumabok said.
Dumabok noted it was Mayor Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes who referred them to PNP and helped coordinate the conduct of the medical mission.
One of the residents in Brgy. Buenavista, Irma Furno, came to the medical mission with her grandchild.
She said this was her second time to attend a medical mission in her village.
Normally, her family would just go to the clinic in the barangay for their medical concerns.
She went home with a pack full of cough medicines and vitamin tablets and syrups for her and her grandchild.
Based on records of PRO-7, around 2,848 individuals went to the activity.
Of the total, there were 1,400 who availed of free medical consultation, 105 who availed dental services, eight who underwent minor surgeries, 105 were circumcised, 796 received free medicines and vitamins, 286 who availed of eye consultation and received free eye glasses, 28 had ECG, and 210 had blood typing.
Aside from free medical services and consultation, residents of the barangay also availed of free haircuts from personnel of the 94th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army who also joined the activity and massage treatment from trained personnel of PNP.
Other participating agencies like the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) gave free consultation services while the City Government of Guihulngan offered free cedula releasing and the City Veterinary Office administered free rabies vaccination for dogs and deworming for animals.
PRO-7 also handed out free school supplies, slippers, and used clothing to children and other assorted giveaways to the attendees of the event towards the end of the medical mission.
Meanwhile, the medical mission coincided with the blessing and launching of the Police Community Precinct (PCP) or sub-station in Brgy. Buenavista which was established in response to the call of the people to put up a sub-station in their community for heightened security.