A TOTAL of 450 Badjaos have benefited from a one-day Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (Medcap) by Filipino soldiers and the Notre Dame College of Sulu province, officials said.

Held last Monday in the villages of Bus-Bus and Takut-Takut, Jolo, Medcap was supported by the US troops stationed in Sulu province and by the Integrated Provincial Health Office.

The one-day Medcap was conducted together with the Notre Dame College of Jolo's “Community Extension Service Day” program.

Precilla Chang, Norte Dame's college director for community extension services, said the Medcap was aimed to provide “training to our nursing students who are learning on to take blood pressures and other vital signs.”

Chang said the Medcap beneficiaries received free medical check-ups, antibiotics and hygiene products.

She said a Philippine-based consumer dental company has donated 300 toothbrush and toothpaste in line with the celebration of the “Oral Health Awareness Month.”

The US Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines have also provided free medicines and other things needed by the Medcap beneficiaries.

The Criminology students of the Notre Dame College also participated in the program by distributing clothes to the beneficiaries, which were donated by the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6. (Bong Garcia)