MAASIN CITY and neighboring towns were the beneficiaries of the four-day Medical and Humanitarian Mission held on October 21-24, 2022 at the Salvacion Oppus Yneguez Provincial Hospital and City Health Unit of Maasin.

The said mission was accordingly a joint medical, disaster, as well as humanitarian relief operation by the Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and Lions Clubs International Foundation.

It’s objective, accordingly, was to reach out to the local Maasinans to provide and serve their communities with medical and humanitarian assistance. The Province of Southern Leyte and Maasin City are known for its rich religious history but are also frequently hit by calamities.

In 2021, two Super Typhoons Dante in June and Odette in December hit these places hard, which made it difficult for its people to move forward.

Among the services rendered in the said mission were 60 cataract surgeries, 100 reconstructive surgeries (clubfoot and lip/cleft palate), dental procedures, vision screenings, and distribution of 2,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses by AZ Sight and Hearing Foundation. Also given were 11 balikbayan boxes of medical supplies to Southern Leyte Provincial Hospital from The 3000 Club and Well-women Check.

A Diabetes screening and distribution of rice, canned goods, mats, blankets, and other relief goods for shelter and home needs were also conducted. The said activity was made possible through the cooperation and efforts of the Federation of Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce (FPACC), Chicago Eagles Wings Lions Club, Phoenix Barangay Lions Club, the Baybay City Host Lions Club, and the Ormoc Ultimate and Ormoc Supreme Lions Clubs. By Josie Sersena (EV Mail October 31-November 6, 2022 issue)