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Philippines : Over 200 patients in NorthCot avail of free medical- surgical services.

More than 200 patients with goiter, cleft lip, myoma, breast mass, and other similar conditions were given free medical- surgical services during the health caravan conducted last week.The activity which was a joint undertaking of the Department of Health (DOH) and the provincial government was dubbed as Kapit Bisig para sa Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KB para sa KP).Two venues hold the five-day activity. These include the Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Kidapawan City and the Cotabato Regional Medical Center in Cotabato City.

Based from the data of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, 25 availed of major operation, 44 for minor operation, 19 for ptyredium, 13 for cataract surgery, and 105 availed of free check-up including medicines.Cataract patients were also given free lenses sponsored by the DOH while other recipients of the free surgeries received corresponding post-operation medicines.Aside from the medical- surgical services, health lectures were also conducted.Recipients, who some of them suffered from their condition for more than 10 years were grateful for the medical- surgical services they availed of.

I am so thankful for the chance that I was able to avail of the free medical- surgical services, said Jesus Suabinga, a resident of Makilala who underwent thyroidectomy after 15 years.The event is part of highlighting the DOH s Hi-five campaign of reducing infant mortality rate by 20 percent; lowering under-five mortality rate by 22 percent; reducing maternal mortality rate by 57 percent; halting Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) by 40 percent; and increasing the service delivery networks in poor communities.

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Publication:Mena Report
Date:Oct 30, 2015
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