Uninsured folks suffering from seasonal illnesses were among the people who took advantage of the annual Health and Wellness Fair held last May 18 at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield.
The Health and Wellness Fair, which was actually a free clinic, was a joint project of PACCM and the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM).
PMAM President Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles, who provided free consultation, said that the seasonal illnesses that usually afflict people in spring are allergies, asthma, bronchitis and allergic rhinitis.
She said the regular anti-allergy medicines are usually effective in treating allergies, but if the symptoms persist, the patients should consult their doctor. She advised patients to take the regular Claritin tablets instead of Claritin D.
Dr. Jaime V. Aragones, another doctor who rendered free services at the Health and Wellness Fair, also had his hands full attending to patients suffering from eye diseases.
Doctor Aragones, a diplomate certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, provided free consultation to patients with symptoms of eye allergies, cataract and glaucoma.
Other free services provided were cholesterol and diabetes screening, dipstick urinalysis, blood pressure monitoring, breast-cancer examination, chiropractic screening, carotid Doppler and massage therapy.
Dr. Christian Orano, who has a clinic in Clinton, rendered chiropractic- screening services.
A new service, STD (sexually transmitted diseases) information, was offered in this year’s Health and Wellness Fair. People who sought information about STDs, like syphilis and gonorrhea, were given free condoms and condom holders.
The doctors were assisted by volunteers, many of them nurses and medical students at the Wayne State University.
Among the volunteers were Carmen Perez, Angela Bedia, Van Ong, Nora Ong, Flor Penner, Anita Sodawalla, Cris de Luna, Brenda Sanagustin, Vicky Fought, Mercy Kho, Tess Tchou, Ray Tchou, Jeff Jenks, Teresa Duller, Bernie Duller and Riza Antonio.
Dr. Ernie Mac assisted in the preparation of the food partaken by the volunteers and guests.
PACCM President Becky Tungol and Executive Director Tony Kho thanked the volunteers and the doctors, saying their services were well appreciated.