First in-school medical mission conducted in San Jose
by OB Miciano and PS Mabaquiao
San Jose, Antique (14 August) -- A total of 3,543 elementary and high school students from Antique National School and Delegate Angel Salazar Jr. Memorial School availed of In-School Medical Mission sponsored by the Municipal Government of San Jose, Department of Health and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
This was made possible through the efforts of Mayor Rony L. Molina of San Jose to ensure the healthy well-being of students as requisite to quality learning.
Since most of the medical mission conducted are community based, more often health needs of school age children are not given priority attention. With this in-school medical mission, children have undergone medical consultation, given medicines and referrals in cases of serious health problems. "We have pooled our resources and efforts for the young ones because they deserve to be attended," said Mayor Molina.
Municipal Health Officer Dr. Melba Billiones spearheaded the mission with assistance from different medical practitioners in the province. About 20 doctors supported the mission from the Antique Medical Society, Philippine Academy of Private Medical Practitioners and Philippine Academy of Family Physicians.
About 2,225 high school students from Antique National School have availed of the medical consultation and medicines while 1,318 pupils from the Delegate Angel Salazar Jr. Memorial School were also treated.
The Municipal Government of San Jose plans to conduct more in-school medical mission in elementary and secondary schools so that more children can avail of free medical services. Right to good health and nutrition is one of the basic rights of children along with development, protection and participation rights embodied in the Convention of the Rights of the Child. (San Jose/PIA) [top]