SM Foun­da­tion gives free health as­sis­tance in Puerto Princesa

Palawan Daily News - - Health & Lifestyle -

True to its mis­sion of pro­vid­ing pub­lic ser­vice to its host com­mu­ni­ties, SM Foun­da­tion Inc. (SMFI) spon­sored a com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal and den­tal mis­sion to more than a thou­sand res­i­dents of Puerto Princesa City on July 18 and 19.

Dubbed as “Gamot Para Sa Kapwa,” the med­i­cal-den­tal mis­sion held at SM City Puerto Princesa 2nd Level pro­vided free ac­cess to med­i­cal check-ups such as sugar, choles­terol and uric acid tests, ECG, as well as den­tal ser­vices and free medicines.

The “Gamot Para Sa Kapwa” is an an­nual ac­tiv­ity held at dif­fer­ent SM mall branches all over the coun­try as part of its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The main thrust of this pro­gram is to bring free med­i­cal ser­vices in provin­cial malls and make it avail­able and ready for de­serv­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

For the first time in Puerto Princesa City, more than a thou­sand res­i­dents es­pe­cially the el­derly and chil­dren served as ben­e­fi­cia­ries. This is aside from the mall se­cu­rity guards, house­keep­ing per­son­nel, and ten­ant em­ploy­ees who also availed of the free med­i­cal and den­tal check-ups.

The pre­scribed full dosages of medicines were like­wise given to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries as part of their med­i­ca­tion process.

“Gamot Para Sa Kapwa” is long­time project of SM Foun­da­tion as its way of thanks­giv­ing to its host com­mu­ni­ties. It is one of the many out­reach pro­grams the mall set not only for Puerto Prince­sans but for the Filipinos as a whole.

Med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner part­ners of SMFI, the Puerto Princesa City Health Of­fice, the Camp Gen­eral Artemio Ri­carte Sta­tion Hospi­tal, and the Philip­pine Navy’s Naval Forces West pitched in doc­tors and other med­i­cal per­son­nel for the oc­ca­sion.

Sup­port was also re­ceived from the City Govern­ment of Puerto Princesa, Philip­pine Red Cross – Palawan Chap­ter, and JCI Puerto Princesa Pea­cock.

SMFI Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Con­nie An­ge­les for health and well­ness said the large num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing the med­i­cal mis­sions in­di­cate that peo­ple are con­cerned about their health and well-be­ing but just can’t af­ford to avail of such costly med­i­cal and di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices.

Dr. Bless Ber­tos, head of SMFI med­i­cal and den­tal mis­sions, said she did not ex­pect such huge num­ber of peo­ple show­ing up and judg­ing by their ap­pear­ances, they came from all walks of life (the el­derly who were wheeled into the venue; in­fants and tod­dlers, the poor and the rich) many of whom came from the nearby barangays.

Aside from the monthly med­i­cal and den­tal mis­sions that SMFI con­ducts for the com­mu­ni­ties where the Group is lo­cated, it also builds new or ren­o­vates ex­ist­ing civil­ian health cen­ters and wards in mil­i­tary and po­lice camps all over the coun­try.

Re­cip­i­ents of the 2-day med­i­cal and den­tal mis­sion spon­sored by SM Foun­da­tion In­cor­po­rated and part­ners in Puerto Princesa City. Photo by Rus­sel Fer­nan­dez.

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