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PIA Press Release
2007/10/19

5-day Belgian medical mission visits Davao

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (19 October) -- Medical experts from Benedenti Team of Belguim composed of about 20 nurses, doctors, dentists, and technicians, including journalists held a five day (October 13-17) International Comprehensive Dental Mission at the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc (DMSF) College of Dentistry, Davao City, in cooperation with DMSF and Operation Smile through Dr. Eric Pius J. Cembrano, Dental Mission Coordinator.

Belgian medical expert Dr. Rik Claes commented that Davao City (as what the Philippines have been pictured in some countries abroad) is not really that bad. "In fact we find the place peaceful and personally saw it with ourselves how hospitable the residents are," he told the Philippine Information Agency in an exclusive interview together with Dr. Erna J. Dimaya, Dean of the College of Dentistry, DMSF.

The 5-day successful International Comprehensive Dental mission provided medical assistance to thousands of Davao residents including lumads or Indigenious People coming from far-flung mountains like Marahan, Paquibato, and other depressed areas with the help of the Philippine Army who brought them at DMSF.

The Belgian doctors also provide same medical mission at Talikud island, Samal upon invitation of Congressman Lagdameo, Dr. Dimayan said.

The successful mission was realized through the efforts of Dr. Eric Pius J. Cembrano, Dental Mission Coordinator of Operation Smile-DMSF-Benedenti and Dr. Bong Capitan.

This medical mission, which is one of its kind held in Davao City was realized through combined efforts spearheaded by Dr. Cembrano who closely coordinated with Faith Nuņez a graduate of DMSF (1995), married to a Belgian Geert Verhaegen.

The Benedenti team provided Comprehensive dental care such as Restoration (fillings); Surgery (Extraction); Prosthetics (dentures); Oral health education (tooth brushing instructions); and other modified activities related to dentistry.

Benedenti team of Belgium include: Rik Claes; Griet Luyten; An Van Kerkhoven; Annelies Gerits; Chris Vanslembrouck;Mieke Van Hout; Christine Tolleneer; Annemie Telleneer; Jan Denys; Guy Andriaens; Niels Janssen; Geert Verhaegen; Martine Vanden Dries; Sofie Venstermans; Sofie Vanheusden; Faith Nuņez; Ronald Canters; Monique; Marlies; and Eric. (PIA XI) [top]

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