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PIA Press Release
2007/09/09

CFC sets free surgical-medical mission in South Leyte

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (September 9) -- It's all systems go for the twice postponed surgical-medical mission sponsored by the Couples for Christ (CFC) on September 13-16, at the Salvacion Oppus Yniguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH), this city.

A total of 15 top-caliber Doctors and Surgeons from Manila are set to come for the four-day activity, offering their services for free to the poor coming from various parts of the province, according to Dr. Jerome Paler, one of CFC-Southern Leyte's top Elders, in a live interview over radio station DYDM, Friday, September 7.

But Paler informed the radio listeners especially those concerned that in a meeting with management of the provincial hospital they declined on the cataract operation because of limited space in the operating room.

Ailments on hernia (danlak), thyroid (goiter), and cleft palate (bungi), will be the focus of the CFC surgical-medical mission, Paler stressed.

Everyday the SOYMPH would admit from three to five cases of surgical operation, thus the need to accommodate these patients even if the CFC mission is ongoing, Paler explained, quoting the position of SOYMPH physicians.

Aside from the purely technical aspect on the refusal to include the cataract, Paler disclosed that the SOYMPH had set a special eye operation for it alone sometime in October or November this year sponsored by the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center based in Tacloban City.

The list of 70 patients listed by CFC for cataract operation was duly referred to the SOYMPH doctors for their special schedule, Paler further said.

The CFC surgical-medical mission was first scheduled last August 17-19 as part of the Charter Day and fiesta celebrations, then moved to August 2326 because of conflict of schedule, then finally to September 13-16.

The activity was duly supported by the City government, provincial government, and the office of Cong. Roger Mercado. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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