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PIA Press Release
2009/02/26

Lions Club serves poor families of Baggao

Baggao, Cagayan (26 February) -- Amid the unpleasant weather condition and far distance to the venue, hundreds of poor families mostly carrying with them their children, flocked in the gymnasium of Brgy. San Jose to avail free cataract operations, dental and medical services conducted by the Lions Club International.

The Club brought with them a mobile clinic where they did the actual cataract operation and circumcision that catered many cataract patients.

Aside from these, the group composed of doctors, nurses and other professionals, conducted free dental and medical consultations, and gave free medicines and multivitamins as prescribed by doctors.

Many sick kids were brought to the venue of the 2 days mission to grab the opportunity of free consultation and medicines.

Mayor Rolando Juanang said majority of them came from the far-flung barangays and even crossed over rivers just to avail the free medical services.

Juanang thanked the group for considering their town as one of their outreaches in Luzon area.

The group came over with joint forces from the different Lions Club of Luzon in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the LGU-Baggao.

Dr. Modesto Pacquing, Council Chair, said club's thrust is more on civic service that specialized in cataract operations and medical services.

Some 300 individuals also thanked the group for giving them free reading eyeglasses.

"We don't have the capacity for an eye consultation and buy reading glasses that's why we are very thankful for this free reading glass," a beneficiary said.

Meantime, PDEA conducted film showing on the adverse effects of illegal drugs and AFP band entertained the public while consultations and operations are on going. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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