On October 15, 2018, barely a week before Boracay officially reopens its doors to tourists, the VMMC medical team was very privileged to be among the first outsiders to set foot on its powdery white beaches. However, their mission is not to wade and swim in its crystal clear blue water nor engage in leisure and fun activities, but instead they arrived for a more worthy cause which is to extend its much sought after medical services to the veterans and their qualified dependents residing on the island.
The medical mission was held at Brgy. Manoc Manoc Covered Court, Malay, Aklan. It was organized by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force in cooperation with Philippine Veterans Association of the Philippines, Province of Aklan, Brgy. Manoc Manoc and San Miguel Corporation.
The medical team was led by Chief, Medical Professional Staff Dr. Mariano A. Mejia and was composed of 50 members (Doctors from the Department of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine& Out-Patient Services, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Obstetrics& Gynecology and Pediatrics), nurses, dentists, pharmacists, dietitians and medical social workers.
During the mission, three hundred sixty (360) patients were served with fifty seven (57) dental extraction and forty (40) ECG procedures performed.
This was the first medical mission conducted in the Visayas. Palo, Leyte will be the site of the next leg of medical mission which is scheduled on October 19, 2018.