Army engineers and civilian medical teams hold mercy mission Wednesday, October 13, 2010 in the village of Cabatangan in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines. Close to 200 villagers benefited from medical and dental mission spearheaded by the 55th Engineer Brigade.
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 13, 2010) – Close to 200 villagers have benefitted Wednesday from a humanitarian mission conducted by government soldiers in the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga, officials said.
Officials said the soldiers, mostly members of the 55th Engineer Brigade, held medical mission on a village called Cabatangan. Military and civilian doctors also joined the mercy mission, said spokesman Major Alfonso Enriquez.
The humanitarian mission coincided with the 55th Engineer Brigade’s 18th founding anniversary. “We hope to duplicate this humanitarian mission in other areas, particularly in poor villages in Zamboanga Peninsula. The soldiers and the others who joined this medical and dental mission are very happy to have served the people,” Enriquez said.
Brigadier General Michaelo Salvaleon praised those who participated in the medical mission, saying, the soldiers are partner of the community in peace and development.
“Indeed, the 55th Engineer Brigade will carry out and uphold its mission to achieve peace and development throughout the whole Zamboanga peninsula,” he said.
Local government doctor, Dulce Amor Dagalea, who joined the medical mission also held a lecture on the campaign against the prevention of dengue fever. The lecture explained to villagers the importance of a clean surrounding and proper sanitation to prevent breeding sites of mosquitoes infected with the deadly disease.
Zamboanga is one area in western Mindanao where dengue cases is high. Dengue is an acute, infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes, and characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain.
Captain Ceasar Almer Candelaria, a military doctor, headed the medical team from the Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City. Village health workers also assisted in the medical mission, which was supported by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Department of Health, Pharmalex, and Philippine Army’s Task Force Zamboanga and the Naval Forces Western Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner)