The Far East Nurses Association of Great Lakes (FANA) conducted its yearly medical-surgical-optical-dental mission on Jan. 26, 27 and 28, 2018 in Ramon town, Isabela. A total of 3,026 poor patients benefited from the mission.
The medical and surgical supplies for the mission were hand-carried by volunteers led by Dr. Ernesto Bedia.
The transport costs of the additional luggage were waived by Delta Airlines due to FANA’s humanitarian services.
This year’s overall committee that handled preparation for the mission was chaired by former FILAMCCO president Imelda Martin-Hum, who hails from Ramon, Isabela.
FANA reported that the pre-mission activities included need assessment at the site, setting up tables at the venue and giving assignments to the volunteers who included medical and surgical staff of the local 7th Day Adventist Hospital.
The two-day medical mission served over 2,694 patients who could not afford to pay for medical/surgical, optical and pediatric care.
One of the busiest groups was the optical team that attended to the needs of patients who could not afford to pay consultation fees of eye doctors. They were provided free eye examination and glasses.
The services provided and the numbers of patients served are as follows: medical, and consultation services — 580 patients; pediatric, 280; pharmacy, 932 prescriptions; minor surgery, 66s; optical (reading glasses), 988; and blood-sugar testing – 180.
At the conclusion of the mission, an exit conference was conducted to evaluate FANA’s performance and identify areas of improvements in future missions. The remaining medications and surgical supplies were donated to the local hospital and public clinics.
The mayor of Ramon, Isabela and the community held an awards ceremony for the volunteers in appreciation and gratitude of their humanitarian efforts.
The following day, the governor of Isabela invited the group to attend a big event, called the “Scarecrow Festival”, which was attended by thousands of people from all over the province.
The members of the mission were honored by the governor who introduced FANA to the festival attendees. The local emergency response team requested FANA’s assistance for medical emergencies during this celebration.
The mission was broadcast through live media reports by provincial major television networks.
FANA, which was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization, is grateful to be the recipient of free medications, reading glasses and supplies every year by its charitable partners.
FANA also appreciates Delta Airlines for its continuous support of the members in their travel needs. The services of all volunteers are also appreciated as they offered their time and money for their travel expenses.
FANA likewise thanks the local partners and the provincial government which provided assistance and securities during the events.
The group’s next medical mission will be held in Tayug, Pangasinan. The official date of the mission will be announced soon.
FANA GL was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization and is grateful to be the recipient of free medications, reading glasses and supplies every year by our charitable partners. We also appreciate Delta Airlines for their continued support of our travel needs. All our volunteers are also appreciated, as they offer their own time and finance their own travel expenses to provide quality health care to struggling communities. We thank our local counterparts and provincial government with assistance and securities during these events. Our next medical mission will most likely be held either in Lipa City, Batangas or in Tayug, Pangasinan. An official site and date will soon be announced.