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North California medical mission caters to 3,000 patients in Benguet

by SC Aro

La Trinidad, Benguet (6 February) -- Gall stone removal and thyroid gland surgical operations were the common cases administered in a medical mission of a foreign medical group held last month at the Benguet General Hospital.

There were 27 cases of cholecystectomy or gall stone removal and 29 cases of thyroidectomy or removal of thyroid gland through surgical operations.

Already on its 24th year of undertaking medical mission, the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California (PMSNC), an organization of medical group in Northern California, USA, selected the province as recipient to the project.

BeGH Chief of Hospital Dr. Joseph Cabinta said a total of 3,348 individuals flocked to the gospital from January 18-22 and availed of the medical-dental-surgical services.

About 100 cases underwent major surgical operations which include cholecystectomy, thyroidectomy, mass excision, myomectomy or removal of myoma, cheiloplasty or lip surgery among others while 116 patients underwent minor surgery.

Aside from the 216 cases of surgery consulted, other outpatient consultations were 513 pediatric cases, 96 obstetrics-gynecology cases, 562 dental cases, 944 cases in medicine, and 1,017 cases in optometry.

The activity was in coordination with the Benguet Provincial Government and other private groups and individuals.

During the culminating program, President of the PMSNC Dr. Vicky Bach expressed her gratitude and appreciation in behalf of the group to the people who helped in making the undertaking a success. She said the group also hopes to hold its medical mission to remote communities of the region.

In parting, Bach said their hearts go with the people whom they extend their services. The group's next leg will be in the province of Sarangani. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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