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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

U.S., Filipino doctors hold health fair in Zambo

By the Philippine News Agency

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 19 - Combined U.S. and Filipino military doctors have treated more than 700 residents as well as dependents of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in a one-day health fair in this southern port city recently, U.S. and Filipino military officials said.

Lieutenant Commander John Perkins, deputy public affairs officer of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P), said the one-day health fair was part of the series of events in line with the 3rd Air Division 26th founding anniversary on April 7.

The health fair was also aimed at reaching out the barangays and a way to further the PAF's mission of providing a safe community here in Mindanao."It is in-line with the mission of the Philippine Air Force's peace efforts," Lt. Col. Edgar Ventura, Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) Hospital Commanding Officer, said.

"We provide community service in terms of reassuring the community of our dedication to bring peace and prosperity to all parts of the Philippines," Ventura added.

The 3rd AD leaders and medical staff, teaming up with 10 barangays and the U.S. military, identified airmen families to receive a multitude of medical services.

"The outreach was intended for our military families, the EAAB elementary school and the barangays that surround the base," Maj. Edgardo Lorenzo, the activity's over-all coordinator, said.

"The outreach was one way we can help our government deliver basic health services to our community here in Zamboanga City," Lorenzo added.

Perkins said health fairs bring residents together with family members of those who serve their country and for many it may be the only chance for them to seek medical treatment.

Throughout the day, Perkins said PAF, U.S. military, local doctors and health care staff performed medical check-ups and treated minor ailments such as joint pain, tooth aches, colds, skin rashes, and blurry vision.

He said the variety of medical services was extensive and ranged from basic procedures to specialties.(PNA)


  1. Thank you to the us navy who give free medical service to zamboanga city....they are so nice
    and friendly....:)


  2. I hope you guys sat a base here in zamboanga city one day, you're always welcome!