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WESCOM-GUNG joint medical mission benefits over 2,500 patients

Puerto Princesa City (3 December) -- A total of 2,500 residents of Bgy. Santa Lourdes and Bgy. Irawan in Puerto Princesa City benefited recently from the joint medical/dental civic action program conducted by the Western Command (WESCOM) and the Guam National Guard (GUNG).

The joint activity included blood pressure check-up, tooth extraction, circumcision and minor surgical operation, was under the State Partnership Program (SPP) between the Philippines and Guam, USA. MGen Donald J. Goldhorn, Adjutant General led the Guam National Guard.

Began in 1993, the State Partnership Program paired US states with other countries and started as a bilateral military-to-military contact program. It has evolved into a key instrument in facilitating cooperation on civil-military activities between the paired states.

In Barangay Santa Lourdes, 773 persons availed of the free medical check-up, 335 had their tooth pulled out, 69 boys were circumcised and 14 patients went under the knife for minor surgical operation.

Despite the rough weather, the free medical and dental services continued in Bgy. Irawan with a total of 917 individuals given medical check-up, 423 dental services, 47 circumcisions, and 41 underwent minor surgery.

The medical and dental teams from the Naval Forces West (NFW) and the 570th Composite Tactical Wing (CTW) supported by the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-8); the Camp General Artemio Ricarte Hospital (CGARH); and the 1308th Dental Dispensary worked side by side with the GUNG team for two days in bringing medical and dental services to the people. LTC Juan Ismael T. Villadolid, head of the Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Office of WESCOM, oversaw the preparations of their local counterpart.

During the activity, the 6th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (6th CRG, CRSAFP) conducted film showing that tackles the life of a soldier and the deceptive propaganda of the New People's Army (NPA), partly to keep the people who lined up to avail of the medical and dental services from being bored and impatient but mostly to inform, educate and reach out to them.

The Junior Chamber International (JCI)-Puerto Princesa Peacock Chapter, a non-government organization of active young professionals, participated in the two-day joint medical and dental activity by feeding congee to the children.

Apart from the joint medical and dental mission, WESCOM and GUNG medical professionals also engaged in Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEES) activity which aimed to improve surgical and medical care techniques of the partner states through collaborative works, and to improve preparedness on health-related eventualities. (6th CRG/vsmendoza-PIA Palawan) [top]

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