By: Venus R. Parmisana
In its continuing assistance to the survivors, the MSU-IIT through the College of Nursing (CON) and the Sendong Dynamic Response Team (SDRT), with the Alliance in Motion (AIM) Global, organized a medical mission for the Typhoon Sendong survivors.
The mission was in town at the MSU-IIT gym last January 19, 2012.
The outreach program was facilitated by College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) Prof. Belen Hinacay and husband Marionito, both distributors of The Alive Foundation, a multi-level marketing company accredited by Nature’s Way, in Utah, USA. The foundation also assisted to provide wellness to the survivors currently living in various evacuation centers in the city.
Doctors including nurses, medical technologists, and other para-medical professionals from various regions in the country examined about 600 survivors from affected Iligan barangays.
Dr. Eduardo Cabantog, President and CEO of AIM Global, which promotes health and wellness, and his wife Dr. Connie tapped the medical professionals from various regions in the country.
Also serving in the free clinic were faculty members led by Ms. Karen Veloso and Ms. Agnes Torres and 13 students of the College. Veloso who thanked the donors that continued to deliver medical services to the survivors of the typhoon was hopeful that the SDRT could reach inaccessible areas to dispense medicines.
At the height of relief operations at the gym, which turned into the largest evacuation center in Iligan City, the SDRT received medicines from United Laboratories, Globe & Singtel, Lingkod Bayan, First Valley Bank, and other individual donors.
Donations of medicines costing almost a million pesos (brought in through AIM Global and the CON through Dean Clowe Jondonero) were managed by Prof. Darwin J. Manubag, the donations and linkages officer of the SDRT. The SDRT supplied 200 types of medicines which list was later inventoried by the college.