Hordes of people benefit from Taiwan Med Mission PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 September 2011 14:08

Thousands of indigent and deserving people availed of the free medical and dental mission conducted by the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps at the Recodo National High School in the west coast yesterday through the initiative of House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco in partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and the Rotary Club of Chinatown.

Today, a similar outreach mission is set at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Multi-purpose Covered Court at La Purisima Street to service the indigent sector residing within the city proper in District I.

Cong. Climaco, who celebrated her birthday September 7, initiated the medical mission for her constituents in District I in line with her health advocacy and at the same time as a birthday treat to the people. The mission is from Sept. 11-12.

The Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps is a 19-member team headed by Dr. Liu Chi-Chun. It is composed of all-Taiwanese doctors and registered nurses. The group has agreed to come over to Zamboanga to conduct the medical and dental outreach in two areas in District 1 as part of its mission. 

The 2-day mission in Zamboanga is the first time for the team which brings along medicines and even medical equipment to conduct the free consultation for indigent families.

Two high-ranking Taiwanese officials also came over to supervise the mission, these are Hon. Pei Yung Hsu, Deputy Representative in Manila of  the Taiwan Government (diplomat) and Mr. Man Chang Yang, executive assistant to Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office Representative in Manila.

In the Recodo medical mission yesterday, patients came not only from the barangay but also from nearby villages while for the ADZU medical mission today will serve people residing in nearby barangays particularly those within the 5-kilometer radius from the city proper.

Meanwhile, Climaco expressed gratitude to the city government through Mayor Celso Lobregat, members of the Zamboanga City Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce through its president Richard Chan, members of the Rotary Club of Metro Zamboanga, the Philippine Medical Society thru President Dr. Orly Paber, the Department of Health thru Dr. Aristedes Tan, the ADZU College of Nursing with Dean Lorna Paber, TFZ, EAAB, volunteer registered nurses and barangay and school officials of barangay RECODO and RECODO National Higsh School respectively, for facilitating the conduct of the mission and for helping her office welcome and ensure the safety of the visitors.

On Saturday night, Climaco tendered a welcome dinner for the Taiwan Root Medical Corps. The event was highlighted by the signing of a sisterhood agreement between the Rotary Club of Chinatown and the Rotary Club Metro Zamboanga—which was an offshoot of the Taiwanese medical mission in Zamboanga.

On Sunday, the city government through Mayor Lobregat also hosted a dinner party for the Taiwanese Root Medical Corps also as a show of friendship and gratitude. — Marvin Segura