February 12, 2008, Manila
Just prior to the mission, I was
invited to lecture on medical ethics
and medical missions at
Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila
Medical School, Manila
Lecture at the Zamboanga Medical School, February 28, 2008
Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of MedicineThe group of
young physicians preparing their theses for Masters of group of
young physicians preparing their theses for Masters of Public Health
degrees. The next day I lectured to about 30 students. I outlined the
features of "good" and "bad" scientific writing, and we worked
together to critique one of the student's research papers. By the
end of the lecture, we had developed guidelines that the students
can use to improve their own theses.students can use to improve
their own theses.
Zamboanga City, where we provided free medical care to two waterfront
Zamboanga City, where we provided free medical care to two waterfront
communities of another group of indigenous people, the Badjao, located at
Maasin and Sangali. The last clinic day was in the town of Lamitan on Basilan
Island, located on the southern tip of the Zamboanga peninsula. (Basilan is best
known as a haven for Abu Sayef terrorists.) We received significant logistic
support including trucks, boats and necessary security from the Philippine Navy,
Philippine Marines, US Navy, and Philippine National Police. The armed forces
also provided medical equipment, supplies, medicines, physicians, surgeons,
and dentists, which greatly enhanced the effectiveness of our medical mission.
All in all, we provided free medical care to 2,437 patients.All in all, we provided
free medical care to 2,437 patients.
High Tech Neurological Tools for the Clinic
February 25-Maasin, Zamboanga City
February 26-Sangali, Zamboanga City
February 27-Barangay Batu, Lamitan City, Basilan Island
Our group was escorted to Basilan Island from the civilian ship C-Champion by the Philippine and US Navies. The
American boats are capable of speeds greater than 50 knots and can be hoisted aboard the
C-Champion within minutes
using a special crane. Filipino civilian doctors also joined the military doctors and myself to see patients, most of whom
were woman and children. Many complained of cough or skin lesions. I saw one case of a first febrile seizure in a 4 year
old as well as a suspected first seizure in a 32 year old woman, which was probably a nonepileptic event related to stress.
February 22 -Datu Salumay, Davao City
Jessica Barricuatro organized this mission, and we were welcomed at the Eastern Mindanao Military Command by
Commodore Josefino Solidum who graciously provided food and lodging for our group. We traveled in a convoy 2
hours into the mountains to reach the clinic.
Dengue Education Patrol to Eliminate Mosquitos
Waterfront Badjao Community
US Navy Doctor Sees Patient
Scabies
While in Zamboanga, I also toured the Filipino military hospital,
currently under renovation, where I saw a soldier with a radial
nerve injury from a terrorist bullet that fractured his left humerus
and another soldier who had survived a near drowning.
Hand Deformity in Woman with
Severe Developmental Delay