A team of doctors, nurses and volunteers of the Bisaya Medical Association ( BMA-USA ) a US based charity group conducted medical mission to help the people of Oroquieta bringing along with them medical equipments and medicines worth millions of pesos intended especially for the poorest of the poor that needs medical attention and free medicines. The group headed by Dr. Dick Larumbe founded in July 1997 in Florida USA, has conducted several medical missions and provided scholarship to deserving medical students in the country for the past several years.
The 30 member BMA-USA medical team mostly composed of US-based Filipino physicians and surgeons arrived on January 18 and in the evening was accorded a festive “bayanihan” themed reception party at the prestigious Oroquieta Town Center hosted by the local government of Oroquieta in time for the city’s cabecera (founding) anniversary. City Mayor Jason P. Almonte warmly welcomed and sincerely thanked BMA-USA for choosing the city as the venue of their mission. Also present were Vice Gov. Virginia M. Almonte and 1st District Rep. Jorge T. Almonte who are supportive of the group’s aid work, City government employees, support groups and medical practitioners headed by Dr. Faith G. Go were also present to welcome the group.
During the 4-day medical mission held at the City Gym,, a total of 3,640 children and adult patients were served through consultations and actual checkups. Several assorted medicines were given and minor operations were conducted by the team at the state run Misamis Occidental Provincial Hospital ( MOPH ). The mission was participated by doctors of the local Misamis Occidental Medical Society, Philippine Medical Association-Oroquieta chapter and the City Health Office doctors, nurses and employees. (SIDLAK)gls.