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PIA Press Release
2009/10/28

UST medical mission in Sarangani targets 1,000 patients

by Joy Sevilla

General Santos City (28 October) -- After a successful medical mission last year in Kiamba, Sarangani, the University of Sto. Tomas - Medical Mission Inc. (UST-MMI) missioners visited the province anew targeting to serve a thousand patients in a five-day free medical mission.

The team, composed of 75 specialists headed by Dr. Willy Olalia, was welcomed by Sarangani Governor Migs Dominguez, Kiamba Mayor Rom Falgui, and government officers and staff of Kiamba town during the team's arrival at the General Santos City International Airport on October 27.

Falgui said aside from the 75-person team, nine local doctors and nurses from Sarangani will assist in the free medical mission.

"Last year, the team was able to conduct 973 surgeries and we hope to surpass the number this year," Falgui said, adding that the doctors and nurses will stay in Kiamba Central School where the activity will be conducted.

The mayor said half of the fund for the conduct of the medical mission was sourced out from the provincial government, while the other half was provided by the municipality. It was learned that some big companies in the province have also supported the activity such as the Conal Holdings Corporation which donated P50,000.

"This mission is basically for Sarangani. Last year, people were very happy because we were able to help them. Instead of paying an amount for their operation, we provided it for free," Falgui said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Olalia shared that the UST-MMI missioners have been conducting free medical mission in the provinces since 1960s. He said this is the team's third time visit to Socsksargen.

"It's actually our third time now, first in Gensan and second in Kiamba last year," he said.

He claimed that the team has been prepared already for the activity and said that they will be setting up 14 major operating tables for the mission. (PIO Sarangani/PIA SarGen) [top]

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