Monday, October 27, 2014

‘Mission of Mercy’ medical mission benefits thousands in Tagum

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 activity.
 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

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