The School of Health Sciences from Saint Mary’s University College participated at the Medical- Surgical Mission of Global Medical Foundation at LGU Gymnasium, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya last January 25, 2016. Selected students from the Nursing and Pharmacy Departments joined the said event to give assistance to the physicians and dentists that were present during the Medical Mission. The OIC Dean of Health Sciences and Dean of Nursing, Mrs. Magdalena A. Juan, the Department Head, Mrs. Mary Jane Cunanan, clinical coordinators and instructors were also in attendance.

At 7:00 in the morning, we assembled at UB Park to check the attendance and then went to the LGU gymnasium together. When we arrived, many patients were already in line and the DOH volunteers were getting their chief complaints. There were three groups wherein patients were sorted: Pediatric, Dental and General Medicine. Some students from the Nursing Department were assigned to get the vital signs of all patients, some acted as translators, some were assisting at the dental station and a few were sent to RHU Bayombong to assist in surgical procedures. The students from the Pharmacy department were assigned at the Medication station and some of them were giving prescriptions to dental patients with the assistance of one of the dentists. Just before lunch, registration was closed and getting of vital signs was done. On the other hand, the students that were assigned in RHU Bayombong were appointed to get the vital signs of patients before undergoing surgery. They did not have a chance to scrub since there were a lot of nurses present in the RHU.

At 1:30 in the afternoon, all personnel continued the Medical- Surgical Mission. There were still a lot of patients and some medications are already not available. Even the anaesthesia for dental extraction was insufficient to cover all the dental patients. As a result, patients waited for 30 minutes to be given with medications. At 4:00pm, the check- up for paediatrics and general medicine were finished while the dental extractions were still ongoing. Before 6:00pm, the dental extractions were done.

In generalization, the Medical- Surgical was a success even though we had overtime. And as health care providers, it is our natural instinct to go above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment and welfare of our patients. 





Global Medical Foundation Goes to Bagabag

By: Melissa Bin-Ong


James Barrie once said that those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. Same is true to the people who made the third day of this medical Mission successful. They bring sunshine to the people of Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines by giving free medical checkups with free medications and surgeries.

The activity started at around 7 o’clock in the morning and then ended up at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. There are no noon breaks since there are numerous clients. The activity started with the welcoming remarks of the Municipal Mayor Hon.Johnny Sevillena. The flow of the activity starts from the registration where in clients were given numbers for orderliness. Ten after being registered, they were directed to the area where vital signs and brief history taking takes place. Student nurses from Saint Mary’s University where the ones assigned for the registration, Vital signs and brief history taking together with the working staff of RHU Bagabag. In the registration area, clients were sorted into 5 categories such as, Medical, Surgery, Pedia and Dental. Clients with underlying medical conditions such as Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and so on are ushered to the medical area same is true with clients who are for surgery and dental checkup or tooth extraction. Babies and children below 18 years of age were referred immediately to the pediatrician for care and management. Clients were being ushered by the student nurses to their specific designation.

Considering the language barrier, each foreign doctor was assigned with a student nurse to translate what is being said to the client. They gave various health educations pertaining to help promotion and disease prevention. After the checkup and giving of health educations, clients needing pharmacological management were referred to the Pharmacy Team for free medications. The pharmacy team was enjoined by the student pharmacist of Saint Mary’s University and other registered pharmacists who volunteered for the medical mission.

In the surgical area, clinical instructors from Saint Mary’s University were assigned to assist the doctors with the different surgeries performed such as cheiloplasty, TAHBSO, thyroidectomy, and oophorestomy. 



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