Medical Mission to Nueva Viscaya – February 2017
The medical mission was to Nueva Viscaya north of Manila in the ricebelt of the Philippines. This is an areas where people rarely if ever see a health care professional. They are usually farmers or laborers that are poor and uneducated, with very little given to them by their government. Complaint range from simple coughs and colds to diabetes, hypertension, stroke, rashes, coronary disease to musculoskeletal problems. Not everything can be treated, but SOME CARE IS BETTER THAN NO CARE AT ALL.
We were 7 medical doctors, 1 surgeon for outpatient minor cases, and 2 dentists. We collectively saw 2800 patients in 2 days (1000 day 1, 1800 day 2) before moving on. The local governments were gracious and accommodating. There was no pressure on us, just the joy of seeing people that could accept whatever they could get. It was truly a humanitarian cause with only good intentions. I hope to keep this up through my career and through my life both in Asia as well as South America and maybe one day on the African continent.
Some sights from Dr. Bertolino’s trip:
Read about Dr. Bertolino’s past Medical missions with the Global Medical Foundation below
Dr. Bertolino’s Medical Mission – Phillipines
Dr. Bertolino recently completed another mission trip to a foreign country using his skills as a physician to improve the lives of many individuals in the Phillippines that don’t have access to medical care. The details of his incredible trip are below…
Goals: To Provide Medical and Surgical Care to the Poor Communities Around the Globe
Date: January 2016
Location: Province of Nueva, Vizcaya
- Dupax Del Sur
Mission: Dr. Bertolino and other volunteer medical doctors provided medical and dental services to many people in the Province of Nueva, Vizcaya. These people don’t have access to medical or dental care normally and they also don’t have the ability to afford healthcare. Dr. Bertolino and the other doctors each saw 150 – 200 patients a day at four different sites in the region. Their days were very long and sometimes they were under challenging conditions. Upon completion of their work, the doctors received certificates of appreciation from the governor of the region.
Children Waiting for Medical Attention
Photos from January 2019 Philipeans Trip
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