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28 indigent Agusanons benefit from free eye operation

by Jose Jemuel B. Dael

Agusan del Sur (October 25) -- Some 28 cataract patients were recently operated free of charge, by eye surgeons coming from Butuan City at the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital in Prosperidad.

Nilo Ampon, Program Director of the Loving Presence Foundation, Inc., said the outreach program dubbed as "Operasyon Sagip Mata" was made possible in partnership with the provincial government thru D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital, rural health units, and Rotary Club of San Francisco.

Ampon said the activity is under the Eye Care program of the Foundation, in line with the Vision 2020, which aims to eradicate preventable blindness such as cataract in Caraga Region by year 2020.

"I am hoping that all persons especially the indigents in the region who have eye problems such as cataract or have other forms of preventable diseases that can cause blindness can avail of this program" Ampon said.

Ampon disclosed that he is a bit disappointed because only 28 out of 100 prospective patients qualified for surgery since the rest have health problems that might complicate the eye operation.

He added that their organization has difficulty with case findings or the list of persons with preventable blindness in the province which will be submitted to their office by the rural health units in the municipalities.

"We appeal to the concerned rural health units in Agusan del Sur or in others province to do the pre-screening of patients suffering from cataract or other forms of preventable diseases that can cause blindness and recommend them to us", Ampon said.

Gwen Montil, Public Health Nurse assigned in the Rural Health Unit of San Francisco said they conduct pre-screening of patients with forms of preventable blindness only if there are upcoming medical missions. However, Montil added that the RHU can list down walk in clients with eye problems for recommendation to medical missions in the future.

Ampon said that their organization does not limit the number of patients because "the more patients are recommended, the better the Foundation can serve."

According also to Jose-Mari Amador, Charter President of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, the support of Rotary to this kind of Humanitarian endeavor will continue not only with LPFI but also with other organizations whose services will benefit the Agusanons.

Aside from the surgical operation, patients were also given free medicines, post operation counseling and were required to return to the hospital one week after for another check-up. (PIA-Agusan del Sur) [top]

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