One of the values that Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) teaches its students is compassion. As OLFU hones learners to become academic achievers, the institution also equally values shaping the youth into human beings with hearts that feel for others, especially for brethren in need.
Turning this vision into reality is Ma. Ana Tecson-Daquigan, an alumna of Batch 1996 of OLFU’s College of Physical Therapy, and who is now a US-based Physical Therapist. Daquigan flew back home to the Philippines to extend medical assistance to the residents of Barrio Caduang Tete located in Macabebe, Pampanga through a Medical Mission held last 25 January 2020.
Not her first foray into this type of initiative, this generous act has somewhat become a tradition to Daquigan who counts this particular medical mission as her fourth time to return to the said community. Supporting her in this cause were OLFU’s Alumni Affairs Office, College of Physical Therapy, College of Dentistry, College of Education, and the Fatima University Medical Center Rehab Medicine which co-facilitated the said activity.
A total of 545 patients received medical attention such as a general checkup and eye screening. Interns and alumni of the College of Physical Therapy also provided physical therapy and rehabilitation services to patients suffering from musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions. In order to instill awareness among children, a puppet show that tackled dental hygiene was also staged by the College of Dentistry.
The medical mission was made possible through the help of Gawad Kalinga, the Lions Clubs International, Prayers of Day Foundation Inc., EyeCare WeCare Foundation Inc., and Clearvue Pharmaceutical.