News Release

Life-Saving Donation Improves Gabriela Mija Kim Medical Center's Healthcare Capabilities

Gabriela Mija Kim Medical Center in Tabuk City, Kalinga, received a substantial donation of crucial hospital equipment from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 19, 2023.

The donated items, including a chemistry analyzer, ECG machine, cardiac monitor, hospital bed stretcher, pulmonary aides, surgery room light, an aneroid sphygmomanometer, weighing scale, EENT equipment, autoclave, delivery kit, manual BP, and stethoscopes, hold immense significance for the medical center and its ability to provide outstanding healthcare services.

Provincial and hospital officials expressed their deep gratitude for this generous donation, recognizing the transformative impact it will have on the hospital's operations.

Governor James S. Edduba, Vice-Governor Jocel C. Baac, and Dr. Ruth Duguiang, Chief of Hospital at GMKMC, each expressed their appreciation for the donation and highlighted how it would strengthen their capacity to provide excellent medical care to the community.

Elder Heslop, humanitarian missionary, emphasized the significance of the central role of families. He expressed that the donated equipment would greatly benefit each family in the community.

President Gary John Angoy of the Tuguegarao Philippines South Stake (diocese) highlighted the Church’s desire to help others, stating, "We are offering this help so that more people will be blessed." He referred to the principle outlined in Matthew 25:40, emphasizing the importance of seeing and serving others, just as Jesus Christ did.

President Cobing, the mission leader of the Philippines Cauayan Mission, underscored the principle of loving God and neighbors, following the teachings of the Savior. He stated, "Just like the followers of Jesus Christ, we are looking for ways to help, lift, and love others."

Elder Arlen Tumaliuan, an area seventy of the Cauayan Coordinating Council, highlighted the importance of being an instrument of uplifting and helping one another. He emphasized the need to serve God and fellowmen with the right intentions, stating, "We are strangers, but we are all fellow citizens."

Healthcare facilities have faced significant challenges in providing outstanding healthcare due to a scarcity of medical supplies and equipment. The donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a significant step toward addressing these issues and improving the standard of medical care.

The handover ceremony included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Church and hospital representatives, Dr. Ruth Duguiang, and Dr. Alrin Falgui. This agreement reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing healthcare services in the area.

The event was attended by Sister Cobing of the Philippine Cauayan Mission, Elder Wilfredo Estrada Jr., Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager, local barangay officials, and government staff.

The Church's purpose goes beyond religious boundaries, aiming to alleviate suffering for families of all nations and religions. Through initiatives like this equipment donation, the Church brings hope and the prospect of a better life to millions of people worldwide by offering aid and relief where it is most needed.

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