SM Foundation, through its Health and Wellness programs, offers its stakeholders access to basic healthcare services. One of these social good efforts is the roaming SMFI mobile clinics – which provide medical services to grassroots communities, especially in areas where SM operates.
Currently, SMFI has five state-of-the-art mobile clinics which are equipped to conduct diagnostic services such as x-ray, ECG, glucose test, uric acid test, ultrasound, and many more. These five mobile clinics are deployed across the country mainly to complement the medical mission activities of SM Foundation. More so, these medical laboratories on wheels are also used to provide immediate healthcare in areas devastated by calamites and other emergencies.
“Our SM Mobile Clinics were deployed to support our “Gamot Para sa Kapwa” Medical Missions. The mobile health facility intends to provide diagnostic and laboratory services to those who cannot afford them and in areas where no such services are available,” SMFI Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs Connie Angeles said.
Angeles mentioned that as part of their operations, SMFI coordinates with national and local partners before the conduct of SMFI’s health caravans, “The team is composed of a doctor, a radiologist, and some of our health and wellness officers. We also ensure that the coordination with project partners such as the Municipal Health Departments, AFP Military Medical Team, Philippine Red Cross and other medical organizations are done.”
During these challenging times and with limited medical missions, SM mobile clinics are serving another purpose. “Three of the five mobile clinics are in the National Capital Region (NCR) and are being utilized as a Swabbing Stations for SM employees and other personnel who in one way or another are connected to the SM Group of Companies,” Angeles disclosed.
During the onset of the pandemic, Dr. Bless Bertos, a doctor of the SM Foundation underwent a two-month training on the preparation and procedure of swabbing at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), after which one of the Mobile Clinics was turned into a Swabbing Center for SM companies & its affiliates, employees including family members.
Starting with an average of 20 patients daily, the facility currently serves an average of 70 patients a day. She says the highest so far is 180 /day with a combination of Antigen testing & RT PCR.
SM Foundation, through its Health and Medical Program, upgrades public health centers in its host communities, complemented by its medical caravans across the country. To date, it has renovated more than 160 health and wellness centers and served more than 1 million patients during its medical missions.