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|Free clinic and aid relief
Tzu Chi volunteers from Los Angeles and San Diego traveled to Mexico recently, to organize a free clinic and distribution in Tacate. In total, 368 patients were treated, and 200 poor families received food supplies. Volunteers were also pleased to see more and more local medical professionals and volunteers participating in the clinic - a sign that Tzu Chi's charity work is making waves.
< Crossing the border to deliver care >
Traveling through the arid terrain, the Tzu Chi Mobile Clinic crosses the border into Mexico. Tzu Chi volunteers from Los Angeles, San Diego and South San Diego join hands to bring medical and other aid relief to Villas de las Palmas in Tacate.
< Inhabitants rush to the free clinic >
Standing in a queue, each patient receives a number for consultation. In this simple rural town there is only one doctor and a public clinic. As most of the local families fall into the low-income category and have no disposable cash to see a doctor, upon learning about Tzu Chi's free clinic, residents, even those in wheelchairs, flock to the site.
The free clinic provides various medical services, including internal medicine, dentistry and Chinese medicine. Doctors are extremely attentive and are resolved to alleviate the chronic pains that trouble patients. Outside, youngsters receive a lesson on health education.
< More and more health workers join in >
Tzu Chi doctor Du Youqin recalls at the same free clinic four years ago not a single native medical professional attended. But today, 28 Mexican doctors and 51 local volunteers contributed their expertise, showing that Tzu Chi's years of effort in involving the local medical force has come to fruition.
< Free clinic and aid relief help hundreds >
In total, 368 cases are treated at the free clinic. Upon discovering this young child with deformed legs, volunteers immediately arrange for her to be treated in Los Angeles.
Apart from free health care, volunteers also distribute supplies of rice, cooking oil, beans and oats among the poorer households. As the medical and aid relief concludes, the townspeople return home with the joy of knowing that they are being loved and cared for.