Volunteer Doctors to Bring Surgical, Medical Care to the Poor

A group photo of the team of doctors from UPMASA, the University of the Philippines Manila through the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila, Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), and the Halad Foundation who has just arrived at the DOPMC in the City of Mati. 

DAVAO ORIENTAL – A team of doctors and medical staff from various volunteer organizations has just arrived today in the City of Mati to bring surgical and medical care to the poor constituents of the province.

This big activity dubbed as Joint Medical, Dental and Surgical Mission is made possible through the Provincial Government’s partnership with the medical teams from the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA), University of the Philippines Manila through the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila, Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), and the Halad Foundation.

Together with the City Government of Mati, the Provincial Government extends its gratitude to the team of doctors whose benevolence would give life-changing operation on poor patients, who mostly come from far-flung villages and who cannot afford to pay for medical and surgical fees in private hospitals.  

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang says he is deeply grateful to the well-meaning humanitarian organizations for their compassion in giving free service for the less fortunate. He also expressed his thanks to the partner Local Government Units and their respective Municipal Health Offices and the City Health Office, the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army, and the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center management.

The team of doctors and medical staff stops at the Davao Oriental Welcome Park in Banaybanay for a photo opportunity. Photo by Nor Jannah Gulembayan

The one-week activity which has already started today, January 28 for the orientation will end on February 1. The mission is expected to benefit some 200 poor patients who have already been pre-identified to undergo major and minor surgeries for various surgery cases such as thyroid mass, cholelithiasis or gallstones, hernia, hydrocele, cleft, gynecological cases, and cysts, among many others. It also hopes to cater thousands more for its dental and medical services.

The team of doctors who is excited to meet the patients and provide care to them says this is their way of giving back the community through their sworn profession.

With the main venue of the mission to be held at the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, there will also be a simultaneous surgical and medical mission to be held at Manay Provincial Hospital and Lupon Provincial Hospital.

A press conference will be held on Monday, January 29 to discuss the details of the huge activity. Among the expected panelist are the team leaders of the volunteer organizations, including Dr. Glenn Batiller of UPMASA; Dr. Eric S.M. Talens of the UP Manila Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila; and Dr. Rey Lobo of SPMC and Halad Foundation.

Supporting the Provincial Government’s health programs, Governor Dayanghirang says that keeping the province’s constituents healthy would mean productive citizens who can contribute to the economic development of the province. By Karen Lou Deloso

 

 

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