The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is conducting next month its first massive public service event for 2013 dubbed as the Nationwide Simultaneous Medical Mission to be held in over 10 key locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Slated on February 24 of current year, the Medical Mission is being undertaken through the ADD Foundation as a yearly public charity commitment of MCGI and Bro. Daniel Razon to the Rotary Club of the Philippines. Bro Daniel, the Vice-Presiding Minister, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kamuning for several years already.
Last year’s Simultaneous Medical Mission had served a total of 14,563 people. Out of the recorded figure, there were 7,872 who received free pedia care and dental care while 6,691 were given free health medications. From last year’s eight selected venues visited by the Medical Mission, including Quezon City, Laguna, Sorsogon, and Iloilo, among others, the activity will extend to two more places.
“This year’s medical mission will be even bigger with the addition of minor surgical services,” said ADD Foundation representative, Ms. Cyril Oira.
In a 2009 household survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the average amount of prescription needed to remedy acute illness would already amount to P485 ($11.59) while medicines for chronic diseases would amount to P946 ($22.52). The said amount excludes the extra expenses attached to renting medical equipment, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Mounting bigger, massive medical missions such as this one is only part of the regular medical health services given free by the organization through its charitable arm, Kamanggagawa Foundation and in cooperation with UNTV.
The Clinic ni Kuya Daniel stations, whose main clinic is at the UNTV Building, are established in various locations locally. Medical missions last year benefitted more than 170,000 people across the Philippines and abroad.
Other public service works being maintained by the ADD Foundation include the Transient Home in Quezon City and Pampanga, blood donation drives where its next massive undertaking will be held in March this year.
WHO survey. The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Available on: opinion.inquirer.net/33107/medicines-still-beyond-reach-of-many
(Written by: Faye Ferrera)