LIFE-CHANGING SERVICE FOR POOR AND INFIRM

surgical mission

Living up to the true essence of free service to the less fortunate, the provincial government of Davao Oriental headed by Governor Nelson Dayanghirang and the Alfonso Yuchengco Foundation Inc. have partnered together for the conduct of a big surgical mission in the province.

More than three hundred indigent patients are expected to benefit from the ten-day surgical mission which started on August 24 to September 3 at the provincial government-run Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center in the City of Mati. The surgical procedures will be conducted free of charges to poor patients who needs surgeries.

Described by the newly elected Governor Nelson Dayanghirang as a “life-changing service for the poor and the infirm,” the surgical mission is targeting indigent patients from the ten municipalities and one city of Davao Oriental.

“Words alone are worthless. Our love especially for the sick poor should not be just words and talk. It must be true love which shows itself in action,” says the governor who is deeply grateful to the well-meaning humanitarian group, AY Foundation Inc., for bringing to the province at least fifty top surgeons in the country for the ten-day surgical mission here. At least 35 other Davao-based medical doctors have joined the surgical mission.

Donned  in surgical gown, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang visits the operating room of DOPMC to check on the ongoing Surgical Mission for poor patients.

Donned in surgical gown, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang visits the operating room of DOPMC to check on the ongoing Surgical Mission for poor patients.

Established in 1970 by Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco as a social development organization, the AY Foundation Inc. is into socially relevant programs. One of its flagship programs which have already benefitted several indigent patients across the country is the Surgical Mission. Since 1986, AYF organizes and funds a group of medical specialists to screen, evaluate and conduct appropriate surgical procedures free of charge to indigent patients needing surgeries. The project is done five times a year. “The latest mission that we did was in May in Calbayog City. We are happy to inform you that several indigent patients availed themselves of the surgeries that we provided free of charges,” says Leonilo Quinte, project officer of the AY Foundation Inc.

Target cases of the Davao Oriental Surgical Mission are the following: Thyroid, 30 patients; Parotid/Mandibular/Submandibular Mass, 15 patients; Breast Mass, 10 patients; Cleft Lip/Palate, 20 patients; Hernia, 50 patients; Myoma/Ovarian Cyst or Mass, 15 patients; Cholelithiasis/Gallstones, 10 patients; Fistula in anno, 20 patients; Baker’s Cyst, 15 patients; Lipoma/Sebaceous Cyst, 150 patients; and Bilateral Tubal Ligation.

The AY Foundation Inc. provides funds to defray cost of transportation of the team of medical specialists from Manila to Davao, including hotel accommodation of the volunteer medical specialists; operating room consumables such as medicines and supplies needed for the different surgical procedures including screening of patients (IV needle, lines, pre-op and post-op medicines, anesthetics, sutures); Laboratory tests of patients, X-ray films and developer, and blood screening  of blood donors for patients who might need blood transfusion in the course of or prior to surgery. The group is also responsible for organizing a team of medical specialists to conduct physical examination, cardio-pulmonary screening, work-ups, appropriate surgeries of patients free of charge, and a post-mission follow-up of patients twelve days after the mission.

 

The AYF's  team  of medical specialists who are performing free surgeries on poor patients with different illnesses. Since 1986, AYF organizes and funds a group of medical specialists to screen, evaluate and conduct appropriate surgical procedures free of charge to indigent patients needing surgeries

The AYF’s team of medical specialists who are performing free surgeries on poor patients with different illnesses. Since 1986, AYF organizes and funds a group of medical specialists to screen, evaluate and conduct appropriate surgical procedures free of charge to indigent patients needing surgeries

On the part of the provincial government, however, it identifies patients based on the targeted cases. It is also tasked in information dissemination regarding the time, venue, target cases, and schedules of the surgical mission. It also grants free use of the hospital facilities such as the operating rooms, wards, X-ray, among others. Aside from food, the provincial government also provides vehicles to shuttle volunteer medical specialists from their quarters to the provincial hospital. It also ensures the availability of blood that might be needed, pre, intra and post operation.

Meanwhile, soldiers and reservist from the Philippine Army also play a big part on this massive endeavor. Patients from very remote barangays were transported by the military in the hope to help them get access of surgical services. In addition, they also provide security throughout the activity and offer additional manpower to assist hospital staff in lifting and transporting patients straight from operation.

Gov. Dayanghirang visits and check on the patients for screening and the patients' watchers who are housed at the GSP covered court during the course of the ten-day surgical mission.

Gov. Dayanghirang visits and check on the patients for screening and their watchers who are housed at the GSP covered court during the course of the ten-day Surgical Mission.

 “Our commitment to deliver a quality health care program for the poor is strong. So I can confidently say that the people of Davao Oriental are in good hands. With the acquisition of new equipment and recruitment and training of better-qualified staff, the hospital is now capable of performing all procedures except those that are extremely specialized. As our new hospital is now being benchmarked and awarded as an outstanding public hospital in the region, I earnestly call on our health care workers to enhance the hospital’s medical reputation because you are the heart of this new hospital that we have envisioned to have gentle hands and compassion for the poor. I earnestly ask our health care workers to bring to the sick poor a great deal of loving care, attention and more understanding. Let us always strive to make especially the indigent patients feel special in this hospital,” says Governor Dayanghirang. By Ferdinand Zuasola, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

 

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