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Operation Blessing Philippines conducts medical mission in Siquijor

Siquijor (22 June) -- Operation Blessing Philippines (OB) went to the far-flung province of Siquijor for the first time to conduct a weeklong medical mission that lasted from June 8 to 12, 2009. OB set up mission sites in five barangays in the towns of Enrique Villanueva and Larena.

In cooperation with local health workers and volunteers, OB attended to more than 2,200 residents in need of medical, dental, optical and surgical attention.

During the mission, Gee Romano, 5, a suspected dengue patient was brought to the site. Due to her critical condition, OB immediately facilitated her hospitalization at the Siquijor Provincial Hospital and eventually transferred her to a hospital in Dumaguete.

Ten persons with disabilities were given free wheelchairs. Among them was diabetic Galileo Lumunsad Sr., 50, who also received medical assistance for the amputation of his infected foot.

Also, 12 families were given livelihood assistance by providing them capital for small-scale enterprises.

"The medical, dental and optical mission of the Operation Blessing conducted last June 10-12 in Larena, Siquijor really helped a lot of our people who are in need, cannot afford and ashamed to see a doctor because of doctor plight. The mission goes near to them to break this barrier…" said Larena Mayor Gold Calibo, who expressed his gratitude by providing accommodations and logistics for the OB staff that contributed to the success of the mission.

"We really appreciate and welcome this charitable service. Rest assured that we will give our full support," he added.

Operation Blessing Philippines is the humanitarian arm of the Christian Broadcasting Network Asia, producer of the daily inspirational show The 700 Club Asia. (PIA) [top]

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