Balik Naval International 2007 medical mission serves 3,000 patients
by Flor Jackson
Naval, Biliran (October 24) -- It was a resounding success for the Balik Naval International 2007 Medical Mission that was conducted in the municipality of Naval last October 2-12 as many patients particularly the Navalenos and those coming from the other municipalities of the province availed of the free medical, dental and surgical services rendered by the balikbayan doctors from Naval who worked abroad.
In an interview with Mrs. Teresita Eamiguel Strozier, the over-all coordinator of the Medical Mission Team, she informed that for the duration of the medical mission in Naval town and those conducted in identified barangays in the area, some 3,000 patients availed of the free medical treatment of their illnesses.
She added that the patients were given free medicines for their ailment by the Medical Mission Team who brought in several boxes of medicines for their use during the activity.
It was learned that the total expenses incurred by the medical mission to include medicines was estimated to have totalled to some $11,000.
Mrs. Strozier likewise informed that more than 60 patients underwent free surgery and a good number of patients likewise availed of the dental services.
The free medical and dental services conducted by the Balik Naval International 2007 Medical Mission team was held at the Apostolic Center located within the compound of the Naval Cathedral while the surgical services were conducted at the Biliran Provincial Hospital.
For his part, Dr. Juan Pastor, former Provincial Health Officer of Biliran, member of the Board of Directors of the Biliran Medical Society (BMS) and the local coordinator of the medical mission here said that the local doctors, surgeons, dentists nurses and other medical health workers who are all members of the BMS coordinated with the Balik Naval International 2007 Medical Mission for this particular activity.
He added that four surgeons and anesthesiologists from the BMS offered their services to the medical mission.
He informed that most of the surgical patients were suffering and were operated on for hernia, thyroid enlargement, breast masses, masses in the uterus, abdominal mass, tumors, hearelip and cleft palate among others.
"I hope this will be a yearly activity of the Balik Naval Interanational 2007 Medical Mission team here in the municipality of Naval because this is a great help to the poor Navalenos who cannot afford the cost of treatment, surgery and medicines, but this will depend on the organizers of the medical mission," he added.
Furthermore, he informed that the medical mission initiated by the Balik Naval medical practitioners in coordination with the local medical practitioners of the town and Biliran province was their way of showing concern to the health needs of their fellow Navalenos. (PIA-Biliran) [top]