On March 28 2019, 1,053 patients received free consultations and treatment during the medical mission in Malacañang. A total of 276 doctors from the Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA), volunteers and staff participated.
In line with Tzu Chi’s mission of medicine, 276 Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) doctors, volunteers and staff together with other NGOs conducted a medical mission in Malacañang on the 28th of March 2019.
Services offered included general medicine with a total of 277 patients, dental with 228 patients, the OB-GYN with 66 patients, pediatrics with 40 patients, the Origin Point Therapy with 175 patients and the Traditional Chinese Medicine with 195 patients which accumulates to a total of 1,053 patients.
Jone Gigayon works in the Finance department in Malacañang. Having been from Davao, she moved recently for her work and shared that she didn’t have the opportunity to seek for an ideal pediatrician for her 3-year old daughter.
Upon receiving treatment, her daughter had been diagnosed with flu and was given medicine. Gigayon feels blessed to be one of the people to receive free medical services from the foundation because it lessens her problems and worries in allocating most of her budget to expensive consultations and medicine.
“Last week, [my daughter] became sick and unfortunately, we are new to Manila so we don’t know where to go in regards to medical check-ups so we’re lucky [that the foundation] was here. It’s [quite] timely that we didn’t have to look for other doctors because of the medical mission ,” said Gigayon.
In the OB-GYN department, doctors were able to provide an ultrasound machine which according to doctors Helen P. Serrano and Eileen Young-Sy is an expensive check-up procedure.
Serrano further explained that most medical missions don’t offer the machine which is why for her this was a good service to the patients who do not have the luxury to afford their check-ups in hospitals.
Meanwhile, Young-Sy shared that providing the ultrasound machine through a partnership with NPK Trading, is part of the foundation’s missions; to help those who do not have the funds to get checked.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s very fulfilling and I like it. I do believe in their [Tzu Chi] advocacies so I always try my very best to help them in whatever way I can,” said Young-Sy.
Most of the government workers who received help from the foundation through the medical mission also grabbed the opportunity to give back.
In the holding area, volunteers conducted a donation drive for the victims of Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in Africa.
Armanido Desilos, a worker in Malacañang donated during the drive. He says that even if he himself do not have much to offer, he can’t help but feel compassionate towards the people suffering in Africa.
If given the chance again, he expressed his desire to donate recyclables and clothes to the foundation.