|CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, Oct. 13, (PIA 10) –At least 54 persons have undergone free surgical procedures, while 142 others underwent minor surgeries in the out-patient department (OPD) and emergency room (ER) section of the Camiguin General Hospital (CGH), here.
The medical and surgical mission activity in the island, which took place from, Oct. 4-7, was backed up by the Philippine Medical Association of West Virginia (PMA-WV) and the Philippine Urological Association (PUA).
Dr. Arvin F. Sampilo, Officer-in-Charge/Chief of CGH, said PMA-WV saturated the first 3-days of the mission performing a series of surgical procedures, such as, excision of breast lump, thyroid gland (thyroidectomy), myoma (myomectomy) and hemorrhoidectomy to persons suffering almoranas.
He said the mission intends to reach out to a number of underprivileged residents in the province, giving all needed medical, dental, and even surgical services for free.
A total of 586 outpatient consultations were also recorded, while some 450 eyeglasses were given freely by the PMA-WV to the needy public.
Sampilo noted that patients still needing medical attention will still be catered by the hospital.
“It’s all expense free, even the required medications were all provided by the PMA-WV, who brought stocks of medicines for the mission,” Sampilo added.
The provincial government for its part has also released about Php500,000 to answer for the laboratory needs and other tests required in the conduct of the medical mission.
Likewise, the CGH has extended full assistance in terms of manpower, providing doctors and nurses to work closely with the volunteers.
By Friday, Oct. 7, the PUA doctors and volunteers took over, doing consultations and surgery for prostate and hernia, as well, as the removal of urinary stones through laparoscopy, a minimally invasive diagnostic surgical procedure which uses telescopes and instruments that are much smaller than normal.
It can be recalled that last August, the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) also visited the province for a surgical mission and served some 29 persons needing surgical sterilization, bilateral tubal ligation (BTL), and excision of uterine myoma, as well, as ovarian cysts.
Free ultrasound and cervical screening were also extended during the POGS surgical mission in the island-province. (PIA-10)