Medical Missions in Philippines and Mongolia 2014
On July 25, 2014, I was with Ms. Vicki Brett, RDH and Chairperson of MMM Dental Care project, in Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Philippines. This is also the location of our MMM adopted hospital, Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center. With us were Mike Smith, CPO and Chairman of MMM Prosthesis project, his son Alexander [pre-med student] and prosthetic technician from Manila, Winnie Belosillo. Sixteen amputees received their new, state of the art life-changing prostheses. It was truly an MMM-Memorable Medical Moment watching their smiles with teary eyes of gratitude !
We recruited a new Director of the province' Dental Care project, Dr. Beling Suarez, Pres. of the provincial chapter of the Philippine Dental Association. In Cebu City, Vicki and I met with the VP and Administrator of Cebu Doctors University, Engr.Oscar Tuason and the Dean of the College of Dentistry, Dr. Imelda Montuerto. We discussed potential collaborative efforts in our promotion of preventive Dental Care project and curriculum of Dental Assisting and Hygienist programs.
We then joined the joint MMM-PMA SEV medical mission hosted by Dr. Jennifer Pagador from Va. Beach and her sister-dentist Dr. Jing Danielson from Iowa, in their hometown of Irosin, Sorsogon at the District Hospital. Approximately 1000 indigent patients benefited with new eyeglasses, dental work and minor surgical operations. Dr. Chris Buniel, Director of our MMM Eyesight 20/20 project, single-handedly delivered close to 500 fully graded eyeglasses with help from five on-the-spot trained assistants. The Manila-based, Irosin-son dentists came to help.
Manila was next stop and on to Mongolia via Beijing with Dr. Warren Sachs joining us on Aug. 4, 2014. We had a successful mission trip so far, will share more, stay tuned!
Dr. Juan Montero