IT’S about giving back to the country. It’s about nurturing the sick and giving aid to helpless countrymen and province mates without expecting anything in return.
This is the advocacy of prompted the Philippine American Medical Association of Georgia (PAMAG) that regularly conducts a medical, surgical and dental mission and other humanitarian projects in various provinces of the country.
Dr. Grace Bautista, PAMAG president, said compassion for those who have less is what brings 50 Filipino and American medical practitioners based in Georgia to the Philippines to conduct missions.
Dr. Grace Duque-Dizon, a Pangasinense and the incoming president of the association, said she is bent on implementing more humanitarian projects in the country.
The 42-year old association has been conducting medical missions for 30 years now. The group comes to the Philippines every two years servicing the provinces of Pangasinan, Cebu, Leyte, Dumaguete and Siquijor, among others.
To date, PAMAG has served 3,000 out-patients in mobile clinics and 450 dental patients, performed 86 major surgeries, 110 minor surgeries and 20 cataract and eye surgeries.
Specialists also conduct lectures on how to avoid high blood pressure and kidney complications in their missions.
Hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses are distributed during missions.
“Lumingon sa pinanggalingan is the reason why we are here. We want to help our kababayans and give back to our country of origin,” Bautista told the Philippine Information Agency.
Apart from the in-patient and out-patient services, the group brought with them 42 boxes of medicines, operating room supplies, equipment and nebulizers which they will donate to the Region I Medical Center (R1MC) in Dagupan City.
Soon, a new ambulance will also be turned-over by the group to R1MC. (PIA-Pangasinan/ VHS)