Doctors from Tzu Chi Hualien Hospital joined the 237th medical mission at the Office of the President of the Philippines last March 28, 2019.
Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors from Hualien, Taiwan joined the 237th medical mission team last March 28, 2019 in the Office of the President of the Philippines and served 370 patients.
Tzu Chi Hualien Hospital Deputy Superintendent Doctor Tsung-Jung Ho says he feel honored to be part of the team of doctors to serve the staff and employees of the Office of the President while Doctor Kuo-Feng Wang said that serving overseas as a doctor has been a positive experience.
Most of the patients suffer from pain in their lower backs and upper bodies and were treated with acupuncture and acupressure. According to Doctor Kuo-Feng Wang, some of the patients have high uric acid. He advised them to avoid seafood and animal innards.
Although doctors provide remedies for their patients, but they need medical attention too. Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) Surgeon Timoteo Yu twisted his back last Monday. “The pain was very severe, from 1 to 10, it’s really a ten.” he said.
After taking measures like strong pain relievers, Doctor Yu was able to go on with his work while still feeling the pain in the morning. The night before the medical mission, he was afraid to go to sleep because he was worried about the pain in the morning.
“Last night I was afraid to sleep because I know the pain will be there again. True enough when I woke up this morning at 5:00 for the mission and I cannot walk. I was forced to take strong medication again.”
Doctor Yu fulfilled his duty and went through the medical mission by sitting on a chair while operating on his patients. When he heard about the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment in the medical mission, Doctor Yu immediately went to have some of his pain relieved. Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor Ho also advised him to avoid cold drinks and press points in his earlobes to lessen his pain.
“Hopefully this pain will subside. Because I have operations and I have to make rounds to check on my patients. It’s hard to walk from one building to another.” Doctor Yu said.
Doctor Tsung-Jung Ho also treated other patients. Among them was Jimmy Mamarlao who was injured while playing basketball. The pain also affected his work as cleaning personnel. After consulting with Doctor Ho and a short therapy, Jimmy’s arm was back to normal.
88-year-old Leonarda “Naring” Tamondong has lower back pains and occasional dizziness, after a consultation with Doctor Ho, the pain has been relieved.
During the medical mission, volunteers conducted a donation drive for the victims of the Typhoon Idai that affected Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The patients readily responded with by giving spare change to the foundation.