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Davao Oriental scores with 1st Halad surgical mission

By Neela G. Duallo

City of Mati, Davao Oriental (5 March) -- Proving that campaign promises are not things that are lies and unrealized, the provincial government of Davao Oriental scores a resounding success with it's 1st Halad Surgical Mission.

462 patients availed of the free operation, as they, along with their watchers, flocked to the Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital where the free operation was held.

These include 291 cases of Minor Cyst, 31 cases of Hernia, 42 cases of Hydrocel, 70 for Cataract, 1Thyroid case, 21 cases of cleft, 5 gynecological cases, and one case of breast cancer.

Surgeons from Davao City, headed by Dr. Rey Lobo, a Matinian himself, headed the team, aided with equally medical experts, led by Dr. Joy Sanico, and Dr. Benhur "Onjie" Catbagan.

The Halad Surgical Mission was just a part of the provincial government's effort to mean that bringing and improving the delivery of health services is their top priority.

Gov. Corazon Malanyaon is very happy with the inspiring result of the surgical mission.

"It's happiness to know that a huge number of people benefited from the free operation. And it's very touching when you hear their stories, and when you see their situation, and the life that awaits them after the surgery," she said.

The Governor assured that the provincial government will not stop from the 1st Halad Surgical Mission.

"We keep on thinking of more ways on how to answer the health needs of the people and change their lives. The people should not be deprived of their health needs," she added.

She also doubled the budget for the purchase of medicines for the Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital.

Vice-Governor Mayor Almario divulged that the 1st Halad Surgical Mission is the biggest so far, and the health services accorded valued to 3 to 4 million pesos.

"We feel with the patients, and being a part of a new beginning for them is in itself an achievement for us," he explained.

Earlier, he reported that there is really a noted change, an improvement to the delivery of health services, as noticed with the decreasing number of people coming to their office, bringing prescriptions and asking assistance.

"It means the needs are addressed so they no longer have to go to their officials," he furthered.

The 1st Halad Surgical Mission on February 28 to March 1, 2008 was done in coordination with Kiwanis International.

Last January, the group turned over 30-million pesos worth of donations to the provincial government that include medicines, hospital, and medical equipments.

Moreover, the expanded Outpatient Department of the Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital is nearing completion, to accommodate the influx of patients coming to the hospital everyday. (PIA) [top]

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