TAGBILARAN CITY – A total of 7,044 patients were benefited from the 2015 Medical-Surgical-Optha-Dental Mission conducted by Philippine Medical Society of Northern California (PMSNC), U. S. A. on January 19-23, 2015 at Bohol Cultural Center and hospitals in this city, statistics team leader Mr. Fred Acelar said. Sixty-six (66) underwent under the knife (major); 83 minor surgeries and 67 cases in ophthalmology or a total of 216 surgeries for hospital.
There were 6,828 out-patient clinics including a total of 2,565 primary care/adult medicine. Included in the out-patient treatment were Pediatrics, 1,011; Lab/Glucose testing, 257; Health Education (one-on-one), 160; Dental, 1,782; and Optometry, 1,053, summary statistics showed.
Aside from treating the patients, out-patient and those in the hospital, the mission also conducted workshops, including CME session on “Sepsis,” Hepatitis” presented by Dr. Goney Sandhu; Health Ed Lecture on Preventive Medicine: Nutrition, Weight control and Exercise by Joe de Guzman, Ph.D.; and CPR Update and Intravenous Techniques by Estrella Manio, N.P. and Bernadette Roco, Nurse., based on the data provided by Acelar.
The mission also “handed out basketballs as part of the health/fitness program” to Holy Trinity Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Inc presented by Nathaniel Roco.
The said mission is composed of 150-strong volunteers, who spend their own money for airfares and accommodation and other expenses. Thirty-two (32) doctors of medicine, 11 dentists, 50 nurses and 50 other support personnel to make the mission possible and suceesful, Bernadette Roco said.
Bernadette Roco, one of the active participants aptly described the mission as a way of “compassion, helping others and share the blessings.”
Dr. Maria Araceli De Guzman, who headed the group, said in a separate interview that the mission was also made possible through Fr. Arnold Zamora, a Boholano priest in one of San Francisco’s parishes with the help of former consul-general. She also injected the thought that prevention is still better than cure.
The mission expressed gratitude to provincial government led by Gov. Edgar Chatto and to Tagbilaran City Government led by Mayor John Geesnell Yap for the assistance and coordination extended to the mission.
The mission was also aided by the personnel of the Provincial Health Office, Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, Phil Medical Society, Bohol Medical Care Institute, First Consolidated Bank, Association of Municipal Health Officers Bohol chapter, Bohol Medical Society, St. Jude Hospital, Bohol Eye and Ear Center, and Rotary Club of Tagbilaran