It has been said that the golden triangle of ideal healthcare consists of quality, affordability, and accessibility. Unfortunately, for people who are living in impoverished and far-flung communities, this is not the case.

Last February 19, 2022, Operation Blessing, in partnership with Network Christian Ministries, 89th Infantry Battalion, 1003rd Brigade 10ID, Medical Battalion 10ID, volunteer doctors and dentists, and the local government of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, braved the odds of heavy rains and long distance to provide a range of healthcare services such as medical and optical check-ups, circumcision, and tooth extraction to the residents of Barangay Kinamayan, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.

Armando Laureta, suffering from polio since birth, is one of the beneficiaries of the said medical mission. Armando was accompanied by his niece, Roxan Casas, being wheeled in a wheelchair which they just borrowed from the barangay center.

According to Roxan, his Uncle Armando is living alone. He has no wife and kids. When asked about who watches over his uncle, she said, “His siblings take turns in visiting him, but for the most part, I am the one who takes care of him.” Roxan also mentioned that their current situation doesn’t work out well for her since she has two kids to take care as well.

“When we learned about Operation Blessings’ medical mission, we did not hesitate to come. We badly need a medical certification for us to be granted with a new wheelchair for my uncle,” she confessed.

“My uncle also needs free medicines since he cannot walk anymore. His situation is truly a burden to me, but what can I do? I have no choice,” she furthered.

Roxan remains hopeful. “Thank you so much, Operation Blessing. This medical mission means a lot to us because many of us can’t afford our needed medicines. You came to us when we need it the most.”

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