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Amidst heavy rainfall on Wednesday afternoon, residents of Barangay Pu-ao, in the town of Hamtic swarmed their barangay hall to avail free medicine and medical check up from Tabang Antique.

Apparently, no amount of rain can dampen the spirits and anticipation of the residents for a first time medical mission in their barangay.

It was a first for both parties, as it was also the first mobile medical mission of Tabang Antique.

The event was spearheaded by the organization’s founder and executive director, as well as Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member and Committee chair for Health and Sanitation, Dr. Egidio Elio.

“Ginpangayo na guid dya nga agtunan gid kamo ridya sa Pu-ao,” said Dr. Elio, referring to a request made by the relatives of the late Benjamin and Iki Delos Reyes.

The medical mission was also led by Mrs. Elsie Reyes, the main sponsor who now resides in West Virginia, USA.

According to the SP member, the two asked Tabang Antique to offer free medicines and medical check up to the residents of Barangay Pu-ao.

“Siyempre daw nasadyahan kami eh, kay first time nga sa Pu-ao nga nag-medical mission,” Shera Lou Sangat, Pua-ao Barangay Health Worker, said.

Tabang Antique coordinated with the barangay council to deliver the event. Barangay Captain Emmanuel Tinga and Barangay Kagawad in charge of Health, Nemenia Delgado, were among the council members who helped organize the mission.

The event started at around 12PM, with Sir Eric Otayde of the Provincial Public Information Office, initiating the opening program.

Kontra Paramuti, or anti-anemia, was the main focus of Wednesday’s operation.

Eighty one residents pre-enlisted for the check up. Sufrunio Javines, 73, said he went to check up on his cough and eyes.

The barangay council also prepared snacks for the residents who participated in the medical mission.

Tabang Antique has been existing for 15 years now, delivering medical missions particularly to those who can barely afford to spend on private medical check-ups.

Recently, the organization held medical, surgical, and dental missions last June 25-29 at Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital which catered the medical needs of almost 1,200 Antiqueños.

Dr. Elio announced on Wednesday that on September they will hold surgical operations for cases of prostate complications, hernia, and kidney stone.

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