TABUAN LASA, Basilan – Hundreds of residents has availed Monday of the joint American and Filipino troops' Medical Civic Action Program (Medcap).

The parents of children availing the program patiently fetched their children and other family members who need medical attention to Lanawan Elementary School, where the Medcap is being held, to avail of free medication.

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Each of the patients was given free medicines corresponding to their needs following free medical consultations at the mobile clinic.

The mobile clinic was jointly manned by the municipal health personnel as well as American and Filipino troops where they rendered free medical consultations.

Free medicines were given to the patients as well and vitamins to the children.

“We are trying our best to address health related problems in remote areas,” Marine Battalion Landing Team-7 commander, Lieutenant Colonel Doroteo Jose Jalandoni, said of the Medcap.

Jalandoni said the holding of the Medcap is one tool of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the fight against insurgency and terrorism.

Jalandoni said it is aimed to win the hearts and minds of the civilian populace to support the government's anti-insurgency and anti-terror campaign and to bring the government closer to the people.

The American and Filipino troops have also distributed toothbrush and toothpaste and taught them the proper way of brushing their teeth.

Mayor Muctar Junaid has expressed his utmost gratitude to the American and Filipino troops for the holding of the Medcap in this town.

“This (Medcap) is a big help to our constituents,” Junaid said citing this town lacks health facilities and do not have its own hospital.

Junaid said the Medcap Monday is the first time of its kind in this town since the municipality was created in 2008. (Bong Garcia)