374 PATIENTS AVAIL OF FREE MEDICAL & SURGICAL SERVICES
Wao, Lanao del Sur – Bai Putri Didagon, an octogenarian Maranao living at Brgy. East Kilikili here woke up early and, together with her niece, trooped to the Barangay Center to avail of the free medical and surgical services tendered this 24th day of January 2015 by the Arise Christian Ministries, Inc. for the community. To her surprise, however, the vicinity had already been filled with early bird patients who waited for their respective turns to be served. Anyway, as was her resolve, she likewise toed the line and enlisted herself just what everybody was doing.
It took her about more than two hours of waiting before she was served . . . first when her personal data was taken, down to taking her blood pressure and weight, until she ended up being diagnosed by Dr. Glenn Manarpaac, one of those five (5) medical doctors who served pro bono during the medical mission. Eventually, she ended up at the pharmaceutical department where she was given free medicines based on Dr. Manarpaac’s prescription. When asked about the impact of the said medical mission to her, she responded positively that “it really helped the people in the community.”
Based on the statistics provided for by Ptr. Bernardo Mendoza, who is part of the core organizers in staging the medical mission, the engagement had actually served 374 patients, wherein 82 of them were children, 288 were adult, and at least four (4) underwent minor operation. The recipients of the free medical mission came from East Kilikili and nearby barangays, such as, West Kilikili, Maca-opao, Kalilangan, Myahay, Wadja and Banisilan, all of which, the ACMI has an outreach. As part and parcel of ACMI’s procedure, its trusted volunteer members would at the outset share the gospel to the patients before they will be accommodated for free medical services.
The medical doctors, who are all evangelical Christians and served on a pro bono basis, were Drs. Zeny Tauli (Family Med) from Cagayan de Oro City; Migresa Dauz (Pediatrician) from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte; Glenn Manarpaac (GP) from Iligan City; and the couples Daisy (OB-Gyne) and Roger (Surgeon) Ganaban from this municipality. There were likewise nurses and other attendants coming from cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, and nearby ACMI ministry areas that facilitated and contributed a lot in the systematic flow of the medical mission, to include other logistical concerns.
Medicines dispensed for the patients were courtesy of the Christian Aid from the United States of America (USA).
According to Hon. Vicente N. Menor, Sr., Barangay Captain of East Kilikili here, the medical mission was unanimously supported and endorsed by his council, “that’s why,” he intoned, “our barangay center became the venue for this.” He divulged too that “while there were already medical missions hosted by the barangay in the past, I observed that this is the biggest so far in terms of logistics, the number of doctors present, and the number of patients being served.” In behalf, of course, of the barangay council, he was felicitous in thanking the Arise Christian Ministries, Inc. (ACMI) “for sponsoring this type of altruistic activity.” Incidentally, the Hon. Barangay Captain Menor is the present Area Leader/Pastor of ACMI Kilikili.
An Elderly Muslim having a medical check up
A patient undergoing a minor operation
Dr. Megs giving free prescriptions