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PIA Press Release
2010/07/15

Indigents benefit from free medical services in Sorsogon

by BA Recebido

Sorsogon City (15 July) -- Sorsoganons overwhelmingly thanked the Bicol Clinic Foundation (BCF) following their two-month medical mission conducted in Buenavista, Brgy. Rizal, Sorsogon City that started in May and ended on July 4, this year.

"We were so glad that our health were given utmost attention through the medical mission annually conducted here by these foreign doctors," said patients who benefited from the medical activities conducted.

Bicol Clinic Foundation vice-president James Fishelson said that Sorsoganons especially the indigents, were lucky this year to have twenty-two foreign doctors with varied specializations who stayed long here to conduct check-up and treatment of some one-hundred thirty patients daily.

"US volunteer doctors have been coming to Sorsogon for six years now to offer medical services treating minor to serious cases for free," said Fishelson.

"We actually give general outpatient care, however, as per needed, we also conduct surgery, pre-natal and other laboratory services,"he added.

"For six months now, the BCF have already catered to more than three thousand patients including a serious case of tubercolusis with parasites and referral for kidney transplantation," he said.

Fishelson also said that in case of serious cases beyond their physical and professional capacity, they usually refer patients to a more equipped hospital and even provide them with financial assistance.

Currently, the Bicol Clinic Foundation has twenty doctor specialists, aside from midwife, registered nurse and permanent staff working on a regular basis in thier clinic from Monday to Saturday.

Fishelson said that as long as they find patients who need assistance, the BCF will continue their voluntary medical work. "This is the mission of our foundation which our founder and chairman Dr. Mich Schuster and his Filipino wife Marites Lacsa-Schuster from Bulan, Sorsogon has instilled in us" he further added.

"We also maintain our close coordination with the city and provincial-LGU and with the Sorsogon Provincial Health Office to improve further the quality of health services we offer to Sorsoganons," he also said.

The Bicol Clinic Foundation also looks forward to providing personal hygiene activities and lectures to patients and eventually develop their clinic into a full-grown hospital in the future.

Fishelson also said that they would want to encourage young people here through their voluntary works to partake in serving the needy and also encourage them to start helping the poor while they are still young. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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