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Thousands to benefit from American medical mission

Iloilo City (13 January) -- More than 5,000 residents in the second congressional district of Iloilo are expected to benefit from the medical mission being conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine of the United States of America from January 13 to 15.

The medical mission is held at the new general hospital inside the Western Visayas Sanitarium at Brgy. Inangayan, Sta. Barbara that was inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on January 12.

At the program during the inauguration, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressed her gratitude to the American group consisting of some 71 doctors, dentists and nurses.

"Thank you to all our nurses, doctors, administrators from the US who came in to help take care of the health needs of the people of the second district of Iloilo," President Arroyo said.

The group, together with volunteer local doctors and TESDA Health Care and Allied Community Service Program Scholars, will perform 25 major surgeries, 60 cataract eye operations, 90 minor surgeries, and 600 dental extractions.

They also target to perform 900 out-patient consultations with free medicines, 1,000 blood glucose checks and 2,500 eye examinations throughout the duration of the medical mission.

Julieta Gabiola, who leads the group, said the Western Visayas Sanitarium has been chosen as one of their sites for their medical mission this year after she was invited by Congresswoman Judy Syjuco and TESDA Director General Augusto Syjuco last year to take a look at the site after two typhoons including typhoon "Frank" that hit the area.

"They said that the people here badly need medical care," said Gabiola who greatly appreciated the hospitality and cooperation shown by the people in the second district of Iloilo.

The second congressional district of Iloilo is composed of the municipalities of Sta. Barbara, Leon, Alimodian, San Miguel, Leganes, Pavia, Zarraga, Leganes and New Lucena. (PIA) [top]

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