The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), together with Halad Mission Group Foundation of Mati and Social Concerns Foundation Davao, executed a free surgical mission in Tawi-Tawi on 9-14 February despite the recent bombings in Jolo, Sulu.
The medical mission aimed to give free medical services to Taw-Tawi as it is too inaccessible and difficult for their hospital to attend to all patients due to its lack of medical equipment, medicine and healthcare staff.
“The only way for them to go to the hospital is through riding a boat since their municipalities are scattered in islands. It is really hard for them whenever they have emergencies. It will take 16 hours for them to go to Zamboanga by boat and taking a plane would be too expensive for them,” Dr. Rolley Rey Lobo said.
There are about 250 patients catered by the volunteers of each institution led by Dr. Lobo at the Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital.
The medical mission was also supported by Davao City mayor Inday Sara Duterte Carpio, Philippine Air Force, 2nd Maring Brigade, Congresswoman Hja Ruby Sahali, Governor Rashidin Matba, Mayor Yshamel Mang Sali, Mayor Regie-Sahali-Generale of P. Sugala, Mayor Jimwell Que of Bongao, Dr. Sangkula Laha the Provincial Health Officer of Tawi-Tawi, HALAD volunteer doctors, nurses, pharmacist and nursing attendants.