By Ariel Avendaño
TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija – More than 5,000 individuals benefited from a daylong free multimedical activities held on Saturday inside the Nueva Electric Cooperative III (NEECO III) compound in Barangay Calipahan, this town.
Initiated by Donate Philippines, an organization of voluntary blood donation advocates, some 1,000 individuals were rendered with free tooth extraction, according to Dr. Rosario Aquino-Alipato, head of volunteers from the Camp Crame dental team.
About 1,500 children were provided with pediatric attention while more than 3,200 were also given free medical and optical welfare. Some 50 persons were also rendered with free acupuncture services aside from hundred bottles and packs of medicines and vitamins distributed to the beneficiaries.
Jun and Nene Valdez, a couple from Barangay Burnay here, who both stayed behind their child, Karla,7-year-old grade 2 pupil, while tooth extraction is being performed by dental volunteers, told this correspondent they are very thankful with the free dental and medical mission accorded to poor families like them.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa Donate Philippines dahil nakalibre kami sa pagpapabunot ng ngipin ng aming anak, ‘yong halagang P300 para sa pagpapabunot eh maipambibili na po namin ng ilang kilong NFA bigas”, (We are very thankful to Donate Philippines that we availed of free dental care for our child, we can instead use the P300 intended for tooth extraction for buying several kilograms of NFA rice),” the couple added.
Myrna Reyes, Donate Philippines, said the annual medical mission is being rendered by the organization to extend free health care assistance to less fortunate families in different depressed towns in the province.
The daylong free medical and dental activities were also attended by Michelle Ortega-Pimentel, DSWD Assistant Secretary for Special Concern for Women and Children Concern,, who represented Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go, National Capital Region Police director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Senior Supt. Crisaldo Nieves, NCRPO directorial staff chief and other medical and dental volunteers from several organizations.