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Residents in remote hinterland barangay get medical attention
SOLID Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) sent a medical mission to Tubod, a remote community in the far hinterlands of San Fernando, Cebu, providing residents with sought-after medical attention.
Housewife Norbeta Canillo got so delighted by the mission as her daughter Angelica, 12, finally got attended by doctors after suffering unexplained headache and stomachache since she got injected by a publicly administered vaccine.
“Dako na kaayo ang among kabalaka tungod sa kanunay nga pagpanakit sa tiyan ug ulo nga giantos sa akong anak sukad nga na-injectionan og Dengvaxia,” she shared.
(We have been very wary as my daughter had always suffered persistent stomachache and headache since she got injected with Dengvaxia.)
“Tungod lagi sa among kawad-on, gipainom ra nako (siya) og herbal sama sa mangagaw ug laki nga kapayas,” she said, adding she is pleased of the vitamins and some medicines the doctors gave that she hoped would alleviate he daughter’s health.
(From sheer poverty, I treated her with some herbal medicines like Euphorbia Hirta and male papaya.)
SEDC director Hiroyuki Sakakibara oversaw the mission with Shigeki Koide, vice president for administration of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) that supported the activity with some resources and manpower.
She said the mission attended to patients with cases hypertension, arthritis, myalgia (body pains), common cough and colds, fever, stomachache and some skin rashes.
Tubod barangay captain Teodora E. Canoy led barangay councilors, health workers and teachers in supporting the mission that they are very thankful for.
“Kasagaran sa mga lumulupyo niining dapita panagsa ra jud maka-duol og doktor tungod sa kawad-on, mahal sab ang pletehan kung molugsong tungod sa gilay-on sa among dapit,” she quipped.
(Most residents here could hardly approach a physician for being poor, even fare for transportation is expensive for them as this place is just too far from the town proper.)
“Clearly, SEDC pursued this mission not for being prodded upon by its top officials but the employees’ sincere intent to help Tubod and the other barangays in San Fernando,” she said.
The barangay councilors who served during the mission included Efren Baring, Boena Venturada Paypa, Valerio Canoy, Camelo Sillon, Aquilino Rabadon and Felix Villasurda.
The series of medical missions SEDC and TCPI undertook since 2005 have to date served 24, 554 patients.