DAGUPAN CITY – Some 1,400 Dagupeños were served during the surgical, medical and dental mission held at the City Health Office on January 30.
The mission was a joint undertaking between the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) of Oklahoma, St. Michael Parish, RP Healthcraft Carrier Foundation and the city government through the initiative of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.
Of the number, at least 130 availed of the free surgery on minor operations, while more than 1,000 availed of the free medical check-up and consultation.
Meanwhile, over 200 patients availed of dental services such as dental check-up and tooth extractions at the city’s Mobile Dental Bus.
Minor operations were conducted by doctors of the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) and the RP Healthcraft Carrier Foundation, with the latter bringing their “Hospital-on-Wheels” to the city just to perform minor operations, such as excision of hernia, cysts, breast mass, and goiter as well as minor deformities like cleft lip.
The “Hospital-on-Wheels” was one of the major projects of the foundation which aims to deliver free minor operations and health services in the countrysides.
The PMA of Oklahoma sponsored the medicine distributed to those in need after undergoing medical check-up, while St. Michael Parish provided free snacks.
City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera said that supportive medicine and lectures were also given to those suffering from arthritis.
Mayor Fernandez conveyed her gratitude to both local and foreign doctors and their organizations for their support in helping the city’s indigents.
“Malaking tulong ito sa ating mga mahihirap. Today, we have doctors from Oklahoma and from Manila who are sharing their blessings to our indigents. You can see the smiles on the faces of the patients because this has given hope to them,” Fernandez added.
The mayor said that lectures and mentoring from nutritionists, psychometricians and experts in other fields were also provided during the mission. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)