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SAN FERNANDO, Cebu (September 12, 2015) — Some 658 residents at the hinterland barangay of Tinubdan in this town received today much needed medical attention as two associated industrial firms sent a medical mission to the place for the third time since 2007.
There were just 218 adults and children who signed up at the Tinubdan barangay hall when urged by rural health workers, but 319 more trooped today for the free check-up and medicines, disclosed lead physician Dr. Ildebrando Estella.
Still 87 more came to have their eyes checked and acquire new spectacles, while 34 others had their bad teeth pulled out, added Estella, company physician of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI).
Most of the patients at 186 came from cluster of Centro II and Sitio Sapa II, then 134 from Sitio Tapon, 124 from the cluster of Palao, Ka Beta and Laray-Laray, and 94 from Upper cluster, bared Mitzie Almira I. Carin, who managed the project of TCPI with Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC).
Four other physicians – Dr. Debra Capulong, Dr. Kharren Carolyn Lada, Dr. Norma Infantado and Dr. Rachel Mayormita – and TCPI’s retained dentist Dr. Pearl Angeli Cabauatan attended to the patients.
They tackled cases of arthritis, hyperacidity, hypertension, muscles pains (in the arms, shoulder, lower back, and legs), skin rashes like scabies, urinary problems, and common cough and colds among the 201 adults.
The 336 children had similar cases of common cough and colds and skin diseases like scabies, as well as dental carries, recurring fever, and malnutrition that were addressed with supplementation, added Carin, also SEDC deputy division manager for human resources and administration.
TCPI and SEDC pursued the project under their joint Social Development Management Program (SDMP), the third this year since November 2007 when it served 580 patients, then in October 2012 when 826 were attended to.
Such quarterly mission rotated among 13 impact barangays in San Fernando earned the commendation of the Cebu Provincial Government for having provided townsfolk access to health care, especially for those in the hinterlands like Tinubdan.
With the latest mission, the SDMP program already covered 19,100 patients, according to Vanessa N. Bongcawil, administration supervisor of the TCPI Community Development Office.