Joint medical-dental mission serves 294 in Boliney, Abra
by Maritess Beņas
Bangued, Abra (3 October) -- Despite stormy weather, the 41st Infantry (Partner for Peace) Battalion of the Philippine Army conducted a general assembly cum medical and dental mission in upland Brgy. Dumagas, Boliney last September 26, 2009.
The general assembly with the theme, "Panagsisinnaranay - Isu't Ramut to Panagdur-as" (Cooperation is the Root of Development), was the culminating activity of the 7-week community relations activities of the 41st IB. It aims to bring the much needed social services of the government to the people.
The result of the survey on the needs, problems and issues of the people conducted by the Army troopers in their seven-weeks of immersion in the community, was presented to the agencies during the assembly so that they will respond to the needs articulated by the people.
LTC Ignacio B. Madriaga, the battalion commander, reported a total of 294 individuals benefited from the free medical and dental services provided by the medical personnel of both the government, private institutions and the military. Free medicines were likewise provided to the patients.
The Army also left some boxes of medicines to the people under the care of Brgy. Capt. Manuel Molina, Jr.
The Provincial Health Office sent out a medical team led by Dr. Antonio Valera. He was joined by Dr. Felino Burgos, Dr. Maynarda Yamat of the Dental Medicine and Dr. Cindy Rose Stimson and their nursing staff. Dr. Joel Beleno of the Sta. Monica Hospital in Manabo also participated in the medical mission.
Aside from the free medical and dental services, the office of the Provincial Veterinarian administered anti-rabies vaccination which benefited 25 dog owners and five cattle owners.
The people were so thankful of the free medical and dental mission initiated by the army because of the absence of said social services due to the difficulty of transportation in the area. In fact, there is only one trip per week in the said barangay. (PIA-Abra) [top]