Stories of struggle to access to health services is true to Bangsamoro. In a data, there are only two doctors in every 10,000 Bangsamoro population.
For an ordinary individual or family with minimum standard of living, regular consultation for health status is very rare or even none at all.
In a recent medical mission conducted successively from February 6-10, 2019 in selected communities in Cotabato City, Maguindanao and North Cotabato, hundreds of Bangsamoro people, children, adult, mother, father, and elderlies flocked to avail the health assistance offered.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) facilitated the said mission dubbed as “Health Screening for the Bangsamoro” in coordination with the University of Health Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey and the Bangsamoro Medical Society (BMS).
The first three days (February 6-8) of the medical mission was conducted for the orphanages of both girls and boys in Cotabato City and in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The medical mission for the succeeding days (February 9-10) happened in camp communities specifically Camp Darapan, Sultan Kudarat and Camp Rajamuda in Pikit, North Cotabato.
There were separate consultation sessions for the boys and the girls.
Medical doctors who did the health examinations were Prof. Derya Buyukkayhan, a neonatology, Asst. Prof. Zuhal Saglam, a family medicine, Asst. Prof. Yavuz Yiğit, emergency medicine, and Ahmet Bey, cardiologist.
Dr. Ismail Aslan, a pharmacist is also part of the team who is sharing lectures on pharmaceutical production.
Each patient underwent basic and thorough physical examinations like temperature check, mouth assessment, and pulse rate check. Some needed for urine test, ECG, ultrasound, and glucometer, which were all available during the activity.
The doctors provided corresponding medicines to the patients with specific diagnosis including health advice and guidance.
Another set of health screening will also be conducted to other identified communities in Maguindanao in the next following days of this month.
It is informed that this series of health screening kicked off at the Moro Orphanage Center located in Tamontaka 1, Cotabato City- a center supported by the IHH, a humanitarian foundation in Turkey.