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Making Christmas time special by helping one another

Friday, 22 December 2017 14:2 PM | ARTICLE BY | Jamaica Digo
Tzu Chi volunteer bows as he hands the cash relief claiming stub to a resident. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】

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  • Upon the request of Tzu Chi volunteers, the local government of Ormoc City on December 22 send a physician, midwife, a nurse, and a nurse aide to provide free consultation and medicines for the Tzu Chi Great Love City villagers. Tzu Chi provided anti-tetanus shot during the mission.
  • Tzu Chi volunteers and the village’s block leaders conduct home visit to the families at the Great Love City to personally hand the cash relief claiming stubs. The distributions will be held at the Tzu Chi Great Love City from December 23 and 24.

In the aftermath of Typhoon Urduja (Kai-Tak), 52-year-old Alicia Bustillo developed rashes on both of her feet from being submerged in flood waters and mud. Caught up with the task of cleaning their home, she shrugged off her allergies until her feet became swollen and painful that walking felt like a torment.

“My feet hurts a lot and are always itchy,” she says.

On December 22, upon the request of Tzu Chi volunteers, the local government of Ormoc City send a physician, midwife, a nurse, and a nurse aide to provide free consultation and medicines for the Tzu Chi Great Love City villagers.

Bustillo is one of the beneficiaries of the medical mission. She was prescribed medicines for her swelling feet and pain killers.

Dr. Amela Cam, the district physician, also advised Bustillo to visit the health center in the coming weeks so the doctor can assess how she responds to the medicines.

“This means a lot to us. Thank you for giving us medicines,” Bustillo says.

Rodel Baguio, 48, also seizes the chance to have the wounds on his feet checked and cleaned. He has been suffering from the said wounds even before Typhoon Urduja struck. Financial difficulties, however, kept him from seeking medical help.

At the mission, he receives medicines to ease his discomfort.

“They prescribed medicines for my wounds. I am very thankful,” Baguio says.

According to Dr. Cam, most of the villagers are suffering from skin ailments, fungal infection, common colds, coughs, fever, hypertension, and arthritis.

Although she was initially on a holiday leave from work and was supposed to attend a Christmas party, Dr. Cam dropped everything when she got the call about the mission on this day.

“It’s fulfilling to be able to help especially since it is Christmas time already. We feel happy that we are able to provide medical services for free. We really need to help the people here just like what Tzu Chi is doing,” Dr. Cam says.

From their initial surveys, Tzu Chi volunteers learned that many residents sustained wounds from the calamity and from cleaning up their homes. In response, Tzu Chi purchased 30 vials of anti-tetanus shots. Dr. Cam and her team administer the shots during the mission.

“We really appreciate that you are here because if you aren’t, we wouldn’t be able to provide complete service to the residents. We lack supplies of anti-tetanus shots but you provided them, so thank you for that,” says Dr. Cam.

Meanwhile, Tzu Chi volunteers are gearing up for the cash aid distributions to be held on the weekend.

Fifteen groups with each composed of a Tzu Chi volunteer and the village’s block leaders conduct home visit to the families at the Great Love City on December 22. They personally hand the cash relief claiming stubs to the families. The visits also aim to see the progress of the cleanup in the houses. Earlier in the week, Tzu Chi volunteers encouraged the residents to clean up their homes. Afterwards, Tzu Chi promised to give cash assistance.

Although some families have yet to finish the cleanup, Tzu Chi volunteer Michael Siao says the cash distribution will push through as scheduled.

“Christmas is only a few days away and this is a very special occasion to the Filipinos. Since most of the residents here are Catholics, the cash assistance will be a much-needed Christmas gift for them,” he says.

The cash aid distributions will be held at the Tzu Chi Great Love City on December 23 and 24.

Last Updated: Friday, 22 December 2017 14:2 PM

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