New York based Catholic Medical Mission Board supports the 2009 DAUSA Medical Mission
Senior student nurses from Cebu City pose for a souvenir photo as they wait for assignments during the 2009 Medical Mission
The 12th DAUSA Medical Mission held simultaneiously at the Danao General Hospital and at the air-conditioned Danao City Civic Center drew a huge crowd seeking help from volunteers for consultation and free medicines.
Over 20 DAUSA members and officers led by the new DAUSA President Marietta Palos and Chief of Medical Mission Dr. Anita Cal-Jackson actively actively helped out doing their share in making the 2009 Medical Mission another huge success.
The DAUSA Medical Mission has always been a big success, since it started in 1998. It has become an institution and eagely awaited by people who cannot afford to go to Cebu City for treatment or to any private medical clinics, especially those needing surgical interventions.
A team of surgeons from Cebu Doctors Hospital, this time led by Dr. Marlo Cal Batucan, tirelessly worked until late in the evening to meet their own target of doing life-saving procedures for some 30 patients lined up for major surgeries during the 3-day period. Although there were some hitches that delayed operations due to malfunctioning anesthesia machine, yet they made it up by working until midnight after it got fixed.
The 12th DAUSA Medical Mission got the bulk of medicines from the Catholic Medical Mission Board of New York, which donated 980 lbs of medicines, and some from IMA World Health of Maryland and MAP International of Georgia.
Meanwhile, in appreciation for the efforts and financial contribution of the members and officers of the Danao Association USA, Inc. as well as the participation of local medical practitioners and other volunteers, the Mayor of Danao City, Ramon Durano III, tendered a culmination dinner and distribution certifications of appreciatio at his residence in the evening at the last day of the Medical Mission on September 24, 2009.
Earlier at known that day, all volunteers also got a barrio fiesta treat at lunch time at the farm of Barriga-Tomayao Family in Taboc, Guinacot, Danao City, hosted by the Barriga and Tomayao families.
During the culmination dinner DAUSA President Marietta Palos experessed her profound thanks and great appreciation to the tireless efforts of surgeons coming from Cebu Doctors Hospitals and to visiting surgeons from the U.S. (Dr. Julian Banzon & Dr. Lorenz Alaan, the U.S. based and local nurses and all the volunteers who greatly contributed to the success of the 2009 Medical Mission.