Patients of several sections during Tzu Chi Foundation’s 226th Medical Mission at the Sisters of Mary Girls town Complex sought natural ways of remedying their different health concerns.
Skin disease has become a growing concern among the students. Few who suffer from skin rashes eventually passed it on to others. It was a great relief for them when Tzu Chi held the July 23 medical mission at their school.
A total of 259 students took the opportunity to consult their skin problems in the dermatology section. Emirose Aquino’s problem started when she scratched an insect bite and developed rashes all over her body.
“It is itchy and I find it hard to sleep. It hinders me from doing my chores because it’s very itchy and aches sometimes,” says Aquino, a grade-8 student.
After the checkup, a Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) dermatologist gave her topical cream to relieve the itchiness of her rashes and advised her to drink plenty of water to rejuvenate her skin.
Most of the students who consulted TIMA dermatologists were teenagers whose main problem was their pimples.
Grade-9 student Danica Gucela underwent acupuncture to treat her excessively sweaty palms before consulting her pimple problem. She shares the doctor’s advice of drinking plenty of water to achieve healthy skin.
“We should not use chemical-based medicine and cream for our skin when we are young. We should only drink a lot of water and not excessively wash our face. I am happy because I can now teach my dorm mates and classmates who did not go here in the derma section,” shares Gucela.
Most of the students’ skin problems can be easily treated and prevented by drinking enough fluids, maintaining proper hygiene, and keeping their environment clean. This is easier and less expensive than the over-the-counter medicine that most people buy for their skin and other health problems.
Meanwhile, Sister Eva Aringo, one of the school’s many caretakers, preferred to deal with her headache through acupuncture than over-the-counter drugs. Before the medical mission, she endured her headache for a month.
“I know that acupuncture has no side effect and I’m always careful whatever I take for my body. I have already observed an improvement with my headache after the acupuncture. My headache suddenly lessened,” says Aringo.
Most of the students are not familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, but it is slowly being introduced to them through the medical mission.
“This is such a big help for Sisters of Mary because their (students) sickness get to be cured immediately and we don’t have to bring them to expensive hospitals,” adds Aringo.
In the ears, nose, and throat (ENT) section, a total of 262 students sought consultation. There were no severe and complicated cases, but eight students were referred to University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital for further examination. Tzu Chi Foundation, Sisters of Mary, and UST Hospital will continue to coordinate further help for these students.
An ENT doctor from the UST Hospital removes a student’s earwax. Such problems were among the major concerns of the students who lined for ENT consultation. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Sister Eva Aringo faces her fear of needles during the acupuncture procedure to cure her severe headache. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
These students from the Sisters of Mary Boystown , a few blocks away from the Girlstown complex, thank Tzu Chi while waiting for their turn in the dermatology section. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Kim Ivan Limbo, a grade-12 student in the Sisters of Mary Boystown Complex, has fungal infection on almost all over his body. He was given antifungal cream to mitigate the spread of infection. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A TIMA doctor checks Danica Gucela’s pressure points for the right spot to put the needles for acupuncture. She has endured her excessively sweaty palms for a long time. She was relieved when she found out that Tzu Chi Foundation will be having a free medical mission in their school. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Aside from sweaty palms, Danica Gucela also consulted her pimple problem with a TIMA dermatologist. She was advised to drink plenty of water to bring back her healthy skin. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】