Moro yuppies treat 600 indigents in Ramadhan Medical Outreach PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:38

A growing organization of young Muslim professionals marked the celebration of the holy month of Ramadhan with “charity” as it caters some 600 indigents in a medical outreach held Saturday in Barangay Kampung Islam, this city.

In an outreach dubbed as “Ramadhan Medical Mission,” the Young Moro Professionals Network – Western Mindanao (YMPN-WM) brought together some 20 medicals doctors and dozens of nurses and volunteers that served indigents with medical consultation and free medicines.

According to journalist Amir Mawallil, chairperson of the YMPN-WM, the outreach is very symbolic since it is being held in time with Ramadhan. “It is our pleasure to extend charitable act like this as our way of giving back to our communities, more so that it is being conducted during this holy month,” he said.

Ramadhan, the ninth month in the Hijrah calendar, is when the Muslims all over the world fast for 30 days and perform charitable activities and other goods deeds.
“We want to show that as young Moro professionals we can do something positive for our people,” added Dr. Titina Loong, the group’s vice chairperson and the lead organizer of the medical mission.

“Young Moros are not “rebels,” “terrorists,” or any other names that depict us negatively but we are professionals – responsible and capable to do works for the upliftment of our communities,” Dr. Loong, who is a fellow at the Philippine Society of Anesthesiologist, further said.

During the half-day outreach, the group served patients with cases of hypertension, heart problems, diabetes, cough, fever, and skin diseases. Hundreds of children with different medical problems were also extended necessary medical help.

Kampung Islam Barangay Chairman Datu Ahmad K. Narzad said they are very grateful that his village has been chosen as the venue of this activity. He said his village has been identified as one of the “remotest” when it comes to proper medical service.

“We really need this kind of assistance and we are very happy that a group of Muslim professionals and medical practitioners is the one giving answer to our prayers. We are very thankful to everyone for serving our people,” Mr. Narzad declared, echoing the gratitude of his people.

This activity, the first outreach conducted by YMPN-WM, was made possible in partnership with the Philippine Society of Anesthesiologist, the Barangay Council of Kampung Islam, the medical practitioners in the city, nurses and volunteers from Western Mindanao State University, Ateneo De Zamboanga University,  Brent Hospital and Colleges (Colleges of Midwifery and Nursing), and other groups who donated medicines and extended other help.

YMPN-WM, the lead organizer of the activity, is the local chapter of YMPN in this part of the region. Like its mother organization – the YMPN National – is a network of young Moro professionals advocating peaceful means and volunteerism to improve socio-economic well-being of the Moro communities. YMPN-WM is the same group that successfully staged the first Bangsamoro Peace Week in Zamboanga City last March. — Nuhman Aljan, YMPN-WM