UA Mission 2012: Bacolod City

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This is the first day of our mission and we headed to Brgy. Banago. If I'm not mistaken, it is only 30-45 minute drive from our hotel. So as expected, we were greeted by lines of people waiting to be examined by doctors and nurses. 

8am Assembly outside the hotel
We had about 15 minute briefing with other volunteers and barangay health workers. Nurses were assigned in the triage area. Others were assigned to arrange patients according to their age. Majority of the patients are pediatric. Ang daming baby! Nakakaloka. 
Eds and I assisting patients
 As you can see, the venue is in the church. The place is instantly chaotic. Medyo dito kami nag struggle. The heat starts to intensify as we are still trying to arrange everything. 
patients on their designated area (photo by Kate Taylor - UA Volunteer)

Aside from the fact that the venue is chaotic, we also struggle with the language. Diyos ko wala ko maintindihan sa pasyente ko! Minsan nga nag sign language na lang kami haha! Salamat na lang meron kaming kasamang bacolod volunteers :)

Dr. Dan Cass assessing patient's symptoms with the help of a translator :)
Most of the doctors saw a lot of cases of infections such as TB. A patient complained she's been experiencing cough for years but she never went to seek medical care. To think that DOH provides assistance to patients with TB thru DOTS, HOW COME THIS LADY NEVER SEEK HELP? Primarily because people are not aware. We lack health education especially in rural areas. Marami talagang binabalewala ang symptoms, akala nila simpleng ubo lang.
poor kid :(
We also provided a lot of puffers for pediatric patients who has asthma. We also found many cases of malnourished kids with worms. Waah! Meron naman pong health center mga nanay! It's so depressing to see these kids suffer at a very young age. Aba, pinangarap kong maging community health nurse, kaya gustong gusto ko pangaralan yung mga nanay. Kaso hindi kami magkaintindihan T_T 

meet the Urban Angels Volunteers 
Whew! Nakakapagod nga pala talaga ang medical mission! Ready na sana kami magpahinga sa hotel, kaso may pupuntahan pala! Oooopssy. Pacific Shores! Relax daw muna sabi ng mga canadian :) Thank you po for inviting us :)
Pacific Shores
monster burger ala ontario
Winner na burger to! Gawa ng mga canadian volunteers! Sobrang laki at sobrang sarap! Ganito pala burger sa Canada :)
Ang nice lng ng place noh? :)
Pictorial ng konti.
Ang ganda ng place. Kaso pagod na pagod talaga kami! Kaya ayan. Natulog sa poolside :) Ako yung naka white sando. Haggardo Versoza! Gustuhin ko mang mag swim, pagod na ko! Haha!

Hay first day. Napagod man ako, natuwa naman ako. Na miss ko ang maging NURSE. Nurse po ako! :) Masarap talaga sabihin yun. ^____^

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