A TOTAL of 55 young boys benefited from a free circumcision conducted by the Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine Inc. Caduceus Rescue Unit (MHAM CRU) in the covered court of Barangay Calidngan, Carcar City, Cebu last April 24.
Driven by its purpose of service to humanity since it was established, the CRU-led medical mission, composed of 21 freshmen aspiring doctors, was one of the many free circumcision activities scheduled every summer season.
MHAM assistant vice president for administration Francisco Bacalla, human resource department director Pedro Pañares, campus safety and security director Jarvis Prochina, Calidngan Barangay Captain Ignacio Ochia, CRU president Gian Vincent Sinda, and some Barangay Health Workers (BHW) in Calidngan also joined the team to extend assistance. Former CRU members and post graduate interns Dr. Portia Mahinay and Dr. Alpher Arellano also joined the five-hour summer outreach program.
“My experience was fun but I was a little bit nervous because it was my first time. As a young medical practitioner, I welcome the opportunity to participate in missions like this. I could say that it was also an exciting activity because I learned a lot from our doctors and my seniors in med school,” said Paulo Alanzado, one of the CRU members who participated in the activity.
Kimee Cyrill O. Auza, another first-time volunteer, also shared her experience during the free circumcision activity along with other freshmen volunteers who made the humanitarian mission possible.
“My first operation tuli (circumcision) experience was very fulfilling especially for the fact that we brought the service closer to the people in Calidngan. Even though it was my first time, it did not hinder me in any way because we were trained several times prior to the event and we were properly guided by our seniors and the doctors who came with us,” said Auza.