Thousands of Catandunganons, including a hundred detainees at a local jail, benefited from the 9th Medical & Humanitarian Mission of the Catanduanes International Association, Inc. (CIA) last Feb. 5-10 at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center in Virac.
According to mission chairman and overall coordinator Dolly Dalusong, the EBMC mission served 179 Obstetrics-Gynecology cases, 1,133 pediatric patients, 1,788 medical cases, 159 for internal medicine, 283 dental patients, 928 opthalmology patients, and 171 minor surgical patients aside from 48 orthopedic and physical therapy cases. It also provided laboratory services to eight patients and distributed drugs and medicines to 2,534 people during the five-day mission.
In its Humanitarian and Outreach Program, the CIA provided packs of rice to 4,906 people, snacks at its soup kitchen to 3,646 children, and clothes, groceries and slippers to 2,187 recipients.
In a one-day mission in nearby Bato town, the doctors, nurses and volunteers from the United States, Canada and the Philippines also treated 57 OB-Gyn patients, 272 pediatric cases, 516 medical patients, one dental patient, 56 opthalmology patients, and one minor surgery. It also provided laboratory services to 73 people and gave out medicines to 516 patients. The humanitarian mission distributed 495 packs of rice while 990 children received groceries, slippers and candies.
At the San Andres district jail, the mission saw 105 inmates and treated 73 of them, including one which required minor surgery.
All told, 143 volunteers from the US, Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland participated in the mission, along with 46 volunteers from the Philippines and another 35 comprising a delegation from the Global Caring Foundation based in Arizona, USA.
“It was one of the best missions the CIA, Inc had,” Daluson said in an email to the Tribune. “It was more organized and the volunteers especially the doctors and the committees really worked hard.”
She expressed thanks to CIA president Dr. Oscar Enriquez who spearheaded most of the fundraising, the Global Caring Foundation, sisters Fema Arcilla and Nenita Arcilla-Panis who pre-arranged most of the leg work for the mission.
Among those who sponsored the meals of the volunteers, gave donations and supported the mission in whatever way were Bishop Manolo delos Santos, Governor Joseph Cua, Congressman Cesar Sarmiento, Vice Governor Shirley Abundo, Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes, Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla, ARDCI, Hermil Olfindo and family, Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Romero, Atty. & Mrs. Santiago Gabionza, Capt. & Mrs. Ferlim Balico, Mrs. Concepcion Co, Jose Guerrero and family, the Provincial Health Office, Dr. Vietrez Abella and EBMC staff, The Little Copy Shop, the municipal mayors, Global Caring Foundation, the pool of drivers during the mission, Dr. Aida Alcantara and many others. A full list of the donors will be published in the CIA, Inc. 2018 Grand Reunion souvenir program.