Hundreds of indigents benefit from PCSO’s record-setting medical mission in Davao Norte

September 6, 2009 9:57 pm 

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Sept. 7 — Hundreds of indigent patients trooped to different venues of the 23 barangays here for Sunday’s largest medical mission by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Doctors, nurses and other health care volunteers from the Tagum City health office and the Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) were mobilized to help in the medical outreach.

Dubbed “100 Percent in One Day,” the medical mission was the Tagum leg of the PCSO’s nationwide medical mission in connection with the state lottery’s 75th founding anniversary celebration on Tuesday, the Tagum City Information said.

Officials from the Davao regional office of the PCSO graced the event.

According to Mayor Rey Uy, the event was “first of its kind” because of its mission of bringing the PCSO services closer to the barangays, where most indigent residents who can barely afford medical services live.

“This is a first of its kind mission that makes available fast contact to medical and charity care from PCSO and its associates to poor Filipinos constituents in this city and all over the country,” Mayor Uy said during the kick-off program in Barangay Visayan Village.

Aside from providing free medical services through partner doctors and other health volunteers, the PCSO also distributed free medicines to the patients.

The PCSO fielded over 100,000 doctors, nurses and other health volunteers to serve at least two million patients in just a day in 42,000 barangays across the country, organizers hoping it could be a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest medical mission.

“With an event of this magnitude, I would like to thank the city of Tagum headed by Mayor Rey T. Uy, the (people of) Barangay Visayan Village and the good people of Tagum for hosting,” said lawyer Ravera Joy Rama, PCSO southern Mindanao operations assistant. (PNA) FFC/FLL/lvp

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