BNDees Join Rosa Mystica Health Mission 2007

General Santos City, August 18 - Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society members were privileged to actively take part in the Rosa Mystica Health Mission (of the Association of Catholic Physicians, Nurses and Health Care Professionals in Asia)which culminated its week long activity with the hosting of the 1st Regional Bioethical Congress in Mindanao.

Five (5) nursing schools attended whose delegation reached to almost 400 students. Hon. Orlando Oco, a city councilor of General Santos City, represented the city mayor and provided the welcome address with Dr. June Viray, an Iloilo-based pediatrician, giving the opening remarks.

Mr. Xavier Losco who is currently a medical student of the University of Bourdeaux, France serves as the master of ceremonies. Five (5) speakers delivered their respective pieces.

Bridget Anne McGinley, RN (USA) spoke on the "Health Practitioners' Dilemma in the United States of America" and Dr. Eun Mi Kim, MD (South Korea) shared her experience on the "Health Practitioners' Dilemma in South Korea".

Local-based pro-life and Gensan-based physician, Dr. Crisanto Torrijos, RN provided a lengthy lecture on "Why We Should Say No To Contraception?" and was followed by a current update on "Abortion Legislation in the Philippines: Pending House Bills in Congress" by Dr. Francisco Woo. The latter is currently the bioethics committee chair for the Jose Rizal College of Medicine, Xavier University.

Last speaker was Dr. Jean Pierre Dickes (France) whose lecture on "Health Politics in France and the Role of the Association of Catholic Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals: An Invitation and a Challenge to Filipino Health Practitioners" showed how right activism will work for this country in the face of medical secularism.

Since August 12, several members of the General Santos Doctors Medical School Foundation chapter took part in multi-site medical and dental missions. Members from Notre Dame of Dadiangas University chapter got immersed themselves in the last two days of the mission.