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Valencianos Avail DOH Surgical Caravan Services

True to its commitment to address the health needs of poor Filipinos, the Department of Health offered Surgical Caravan at Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center on October 9-November 10, 2017. The activity aims to offer free surgical operations, ranging from minor to major cases, definitely at no cost to indigent patients in need of surgical procedures.

A total of seven patients who passed the screening availed the following surgical operations on October 11, 2017: Total Lobectomy Left with Isthmosectomy for patient with Non-toxic colloid goiter, Extracapsular Cataract Extraction, Hemorrhoidectomy, Bilateral Tubal Ligation, Herniotomy, Cheiloplasty for Incomplete Cleft Lip and Bilateral Complete Palate.

The caravan is dubbed as “ToDOH Alaga, May TSeKaP na, May Operasyon Pa,” an initiative of the Philippine Health Agenda (PHA)-Checkup program particularly aimed at realizing the provision of surgical intervention to indigent constituents.

Valencia City Health Officer Dr. Marlyn V. Agbayani said that the caravan seeks to improve the service delivery of government hospitals in providing health services to the well and the sick.

“The activity is very beneficial to the less fortunate patients of Valencia City and we are grateful for this activity initiated by DOH. Initially, we have identified 33 patients, but only 7 passed the screening, ‘’ Dr. Agbayani said.

The activity was launched in the province last October 9, 2017 and was participated by all municipalities and cities of Bukidnon. The surgical caravan was facilitated by the following doctors: Dr. Fredericko Miguel Tagarda and Dr. Ma. Farrah Mae Salvani of Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Paasa and Dr. Dejos of Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Dr. Montero and Dr. Robert Chavez of Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center.

Meanwhile, Dr. Vincent C. Raguro, Development Management Officer V of Provincial DOH Office said that the ongoing surgical caravan is the very essence of doing the TSeKaP Caravan Services.

“We are able to cater to those who are most needing it. We are true to our conduct of doing public health if we are able to reach the unreached and serve the underserved,” Dr. Raguro added.

All surgical procedures done during the Surgical Caravan at Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center are compensable with PhilHealth.

The patients from Valencia City who availed the free surgical caravan are from barangay Guinuyuran, Lourdes, Vintar, Batangan, Poblacion and Kahaponan.

EJ MONTEBON, AOV- CHO