Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Sarangani vets patients for grand medical and surgical mission

ALABEL, Sarangani (February 8, 2019) – Over 800 patients in Sarangani have already been screened for the grand medical and surgical mission that the provincial government is set to conduct on June 4-9.

This mission, which Sarangani has partnered with the University of Sto. Tomas Medical Missions Incorporated and General Santos Doctors Hospital, will be the first medical mission that Sarangani will conduct this year thru its Serbisyong Sarangan Program.

Serbisyong Sarangan program manager Asma Akmad said the medical mission would take place at the provincial hospital in Capitol compound.

Initially, Akmad identified some 300 patients due for major surgical operation from the screened cases in Alabel, Glan, Malungon and Malapatan last January 27.

Major surgical cases, according to Akmad, include “thyroid, myoma, cyst, gall stone and hernia.”

However, Akmad said cases may increase after the final screening of patients coming from Maitum, Kiamba and Maasim on February 10 at General Santos Doctors Hospital.

Sarangani’s medical mission program started in 2008 when Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon was still a vice governor. Since then, Akmad said, “the provincial government has been exploring different partners from both public and private sectors to address the needs of the Sarangans in terms of health.”

“What’s best din sa program natin kasi may mga patients tayo na nakita natin na kailangan na siya ng immediate surgical interventions. Yun din ang advantage ng ating mission kasi di ba dapat walang iwanan. No Sarangan left behind,” she added.

Akmad also expressed her gratitude to their partners in this mission and the assistance of the chiefs of the municipal hospitals in Sarangani, the rural health units, and the mayors who facilitated for the transport of patients to the hospital for the screening.

“We’re just so fortunate kasi we have these partners na continuous yung tulong nila sa atin. I’m so thankful, so grateful because this is really a blessing to the province of Sarangani,” she said.

“What inspires us, as the implementer, is the heart of our governor kasi number one din sa kanyang programs yung health,” she added.

On the other hand, the provincial government will also conduct an eye care mission for Sarangan patients with cataract and pterygium in March at Kiamba District Hospital in partnership with Mabuhay Deseret Foundation. (Jori Mae Samillano /SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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