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Hawaiiís Aloha medical mission returns to Southern Leyte

Tacloban City (October 24) -- After its successful medical mission at St. Bernard Southern Leyte in March of 2006, the Aloha Medical Mission of Hawaii is coming back to Southern Leyte for another Medical Mission.

Mr. Henry Yaokasin, the president of the Tacloban Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the Aloha Medical Mission will conduct a mission at Sogod District Hospital, Sogod, Southern Leyte on November 9-19, 2006.

Mr. Yaokasin said that the Medical Mission will be led by Dr. Bradley Wong who will be accompanied by eleven physicians, nine nurses and nine volunteers from Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines.

Among the physicians are two plastic surgeons from Hawaii and Guam, four anesthesiologists from Hawaii, one pediatrician and four general surgeons which includes Dr. Robert Sy of the Chinese Medical Center in Manila who is the groupís coordinator in the Philippines.

The Aloha Medical Mission is headed by a Filipino nurse, Ms. Lolita Ching. During the groupís visit at Guinsaugon, Ms. Ching said that Mission is on its 23rd year and that the medical mission in St. Bernard is the group's 79th mission. The group, Ms. Ching said then, has a scheduled mission supposedly in Bacolod in November and another Mission in Tuguegarao come January next year. Apparently, the Aloha Medical Mission decided to have another mission in Sogod, Southern Leyte.

Ms. Lolita Ching will act as the Mission Administrator and she will be assisted by two surgery nurses, one neuro-surgery nurse, three OR nurses which includes one OR nurse-cardiac, one anesthesia coordinator and one recovery room, medical ICU nurse.

The lay people or volunteers will also have their specific assignments as patient coordinator, pharmacy coordinator, executive director, chief supply coordinator, assistant supply coordinator and medical director coordinator.

The group is accompanied by a cameraman and a reporter who will make a documentary of the Mission for showing in the local television station in Hawaii. (PIA 8) [top]

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