17 March 2014

Gapo health workers bring service to Aeta communities

OLONGAPO City - The local government of Olongapo City, in efforts to bring health service to its residents especially those in isolated places, recently conducted a medical and dental mission for Aeta residents in the mountains of Sitio Tralala in Barangay Gordon Heights, this city.

The medical mission headed by Dr. Lyod Bray Tubban and Dr. Leslie Palma and staff of the city health department and personnel from the Army reserve, trekked two hours to reach the tribal community.

There, the team gave multivitamins, amoxicillin, paracetamol, mefenamic acid, vitamin A, C, and vaccine for measles for the Aeta residents.

The medical mission is part of Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino's plans to bring health service to the needy in the city.

Just recently, the same group trekked to Sitio Mampueng and gave out medicines, held medical checkups and distributed mosquito nets to the Aetas.

“It is very hard for our Aeta residents to come down from the mountains. Imagine them bringing down small kids and babies to the city proper to get medicine.” Paulino said.

“That is why I have instructed our health workers to go to them, instead of them (Aetas) going to us,” Paulino added.

Aside from the medicines, the military reserve personnel also conducted free haircuts and gave out free tsinelas (flip flops) to the Aeta community. (Olongapo City Pao)

A health worker gives a child anti-measles vaccine during their visit in Sito Tralala in Barangay Gordon heights, Olongapo City.