Ketsana 7 – CTF Philippines
The mission of CTF Philippines continues in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana that devastated Metropolitan Manila at the end of September 2009. Most recently the Camillians and their collaborators have been supplementing their food-and-nonfood- distribution relief efforts with medial assistance. The Philippine Province of the Camillians operates 2 hospitals (Calbayog and Matte) and several medical clinics. And they work in close collaboration with many in the healthcare field.
On November 22, CTF Philippines served in Sitio San Josep, Boso-Boso providing medical care to 1,543 patients and dental care to another 163. Twenty-eight people were referred to a polyclinic or hospital. In total, 79 medical staff and volunteers were present for the mission. Some of the children attended to will need follow-up at St. Camillus Polyclinic Cogeo. The medical expenses of these children will be covered by CTF Philippines.
On December 13-Dec 14, CTF Philippines carried out a medical mission at St. Camillus Healthcare Center, Sto. Domingo, Cainta. The team of 47 medical staff and volunteers attended to 1,146 medical and 210 dental patients. Twenty-one surgeries were performed, and 45 patients were referred to a polyclinic or hospital.
Many thanks to Fr. Meng Barawid for the information in this article and for the work that he and his CTF confreres are doing in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana.
CTF Philippines has been active in responding to Typhoon Ketsana since it struck at the end of September. Together with CTF Central, SOS DRS, the Italian Episcopal Conference and Salute e Sviluppo, the Camillians in the Philippines are carrying out projects in Marikina, and in Cainta and Boso-Boso.
While the disaster has disappeared from the news, its effects have not. Let us continue to pray for the victims, their families and those that are helping them.
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