350 beneficiaries avail of free surgical services

October 6, 2014 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS CITY- The “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan” of the “Salun-at Ti Umili” (Health for the Townspeople) Program of former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay extended free services to some 350 patients during its first day of operation last September 29 here.
The beneficiaries from Bolinao town and this city were properly screened by a medical doctor and were accompanied by their barangay health workers (BHWs).
There were 95 beneficiaries provided with minor operations on cysts and circumcision, seven with medical assistance, 130 with medium and major operations, 26 with laboratory and diagnostics services. The 52 others were referred to hospitals.
The surgical activities were provided by experienced and specialist surgeons from reputable hospitals in Metro Manila.
Dante (not his real name), 18 of Bolinao availed of a free circumcision service.
He said it took him long to be circumcised because of the high cost of operation in public and private hospitals in his town and because of his age he was ashamed to have that kind of operation.
“Awan met gaminen dagiti herbolario nga agkugkugit.Isu nga idi nadamag ko daytoy a proyekto ni Apo Cojuangco, pinuskol ko ti rupak nga agpakugit,” Dante said.
(Herbalists who performed traditional circumcision are no longer available in our place. when I learned about this project of Sir Cojuangco, I took the courage to be circumcised.)
Tata Pinong (not also his real name) of this city, 67, was suffering from two outgrown cysts on his right foot that rendered him not able to use his shoes and having the feeling of shame. With the free surgical services, the cysts were removed and he profusely thanked Cojuangco and Macanlalay for the Program.
The two were among the 350 beneficiaries of the first day of surgical operations under the said program.
The program was supervised and coordinated by Camille Layug,Cojuangco’s medical coordinator in Pangasinan.
It will be recalled that the program was officially launched in the towns of 1st District on September 3 to 6 with Cojuangco taking the lead with City Mayor Arturo Celeste and Macanlalay.
The free medical and surgical program involves minor, medium and major surgical operations that will be administered by trained surgeons and medical doctors from Manila. 
Minor surgery includes circumcision and removal of cysts. Medium surgery includes operation of harelips or cleft palates, vasectomy, ligation, hernias , hemorrhoids, etc. while major surgery includes operations on myomas ( cysts in the ovaries) and other conditions needing hospital confinement.
The BHWs are tapped to scout residents in their villages who need surgical operations. The patients would be endorsed to the village heads, then to the municipal mayors and for final screening by medical doctors who will determine if those referred are fit for surgical operations.
All medicines, laboratory, professional fees of surgeons are free, including transportation of patients to and fro the partner hospitals. For minor surgeries, the patients will be immediately operated on.

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