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IOHSAD conducts Medical Mission

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The Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD) and the Council for Health and Development Incorporated (CHD) conducted a medical mission at the Smokey Mountain 2 Garbage Dump Site, Road 10, Vitas, Tondo, Manila last August 2, 2008.

More than 200 patients, mostly women and children, were given medical check-up by 3 medical doctors, including a volunteer doctor from Belgium. Free medicines were also provided, along with vitamins for children and adults.

“Despite the bad weather, we are very happy that the mission was able to push through. We had to wear rain boots because the road leading to the venue was flooded ,” said Noel Colina, Executive Director of IOHSAD. “Our brothers and sisters living on the dump site deserve our utmost attention and service and the dedication of the volunteer doctors, nurses and health care workers must be recognized.”

Along with medical missions, IOHSAD also conducts First Aid Training, Basic Hygiene and Hazards Training for the informal workers who collect recyclable materials from the garbage. “We want to couple our efforts like medical missions, with capacity-building activities. We want to provide basic knowledge on health and safety for the benefit of the community by training them, providing a deeper effect on their lives,” explained Colina.

Some of the medicines were donated by Pascual Laboratories, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Senate President Manny Villar.