Blacktown Rotary joins PHCAA in medical mission

Nelma Galas, project coordinator of the first medical mission to Caluya Island in Antique, reported during the Annual General Meeting of Philippine Health Care Association of Australia (PHCAA) that the Rotary Club of the City of Blacktown would be joining the follow-up mission to Caluya.

The mission will again include surgical, dental and ophthalmological procedures, among others in the Philippine island that is very much lacking in health care facilities. The mission is expected to take at least 4 days and is scheduled for the 7th of June 2010.

A team of general practitioners from the Philippine Australian Medical Association (PAMA) have volunteered to join the mission, Galas further reported.

Mrs. Ella Magallanes Martirez who is executive director of PHCAA, hailed the project, saying that such humanitarian activities will continue to be undertaken by the association. In that regard, PHCAA is targeting to raise at least $13,000 to cover medical supplies to be used in the mission.

Galas is confident that the target amount will suffice to include travel insurance, food, supplies and accommodations of both local and Philippine-based volunteers.

PHCAA was organised by founding chairman Wally Silvino 5 years ago.