By: Tagum City Information Office
TAGUM CITY—Serving at least 2, 773 individuals, the city-led medical
services caravan top-billed by American doctors proved to be beneficial
to less-fortunate Tagumenyos who flocked to various sites to avail of
the free surgical and medical services offered during the five-day
Jalmaida Jamiri, executive assistant to Mayor Allan L. Rellon,
disclosed that 60 individuals were able to avail of the free major
surgery operations that included cleft lip and palate repairs,
thyroidectomy, herniorraphy, hydrocele repairs and
hemorroidectomy—operations that are expensive in private hospitals.
Dubbed as “Mission of Mercy,” the said activity was conducted last
October 19-24, 2014 by the City Government of Tagum in collaboration
with the Memphis Mission of Mercy, Inc., Kiwanis Club of Golden Tagum,
Diocese of Tagum, Davao del Norte Provincial Government, 10th Infantry
Agila Division and the Bishop Joseph Raegan Hospital, Incorporated.
Jamiri added that aside from the major surgeries, 2,030 individuals
were also given free medical check-up and medicines while 341 others
benefited in the dental services and tooth extraction and 342
individuals for the free haircuts.
A composite team of
28 American and Filipino doctors, nurses and medical practitioners
volunteered during the week-long activity that was held in different
venues like the Tagum City Pavilion, Bishop Raegan Hospital and in the
nearby town of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte.
The team from Memphis Mission of Mercy was led by its chairman and
founder Mr. Renato Zalamea, CRNA, who led the group in conducting
medical-surgical humanitarian missions to the Philippines on an annual
and sometimes semi-annual basis having reached over 15,000 individuals
in sixteen mission trips since 2001.
The City Government of Tagum and Kiwanis Club provided additional
manpower and provision of medicines during the activity, in line with
Mayor Rellon’s health agenda as stipulated under his ten-point
development agenda dubbed as EAGLE WINGS Program. Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum