Hundreds of Ilonggo patients benefited from the four-day medical and surgical mission of Marian Rose World Mission (MWRM) and Life is Great (LIG) Global Foundation last week.
It was made possible through the effort of MRWM president Dr. Cristy Garcia Pamaar, an anaesthesiologist based in New Jersey, USA but hails from North Fundidor, Molo, Iloilo City. Provincial Administrator Raul Banias who facilitated the conduct of the medical and surgical mission said the beneficiaries were pre-selected by MWRM and the hospitals with the help of the municipal health officers (MHOs).
The cataract operations were held at the Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH) in Pototan, Iloilo while corneal transplants were conducted at Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The eye surgeries were made with the help of the Philippine Academy of Opthalmology - Western Visayas Chapter led by Dr. Karen Francia and Dr. Mikhail Pador and the Makati Medical Center. Cataract surgeries for 11 patients were successfully done at IPH while 11 surgeries were done at WVMC.
Meanwhile, 10 patients were recipients of corneal transplant conducted at WVMC. In Rep. Pedro G. Trono Memorial District Hospital (RPTMDH) in Guimbal, 37 patients with gynecological diseases were successfully operated. The patients mostly suffered from myoma, uterine prolapse and ovarian cyst. Eight patients with breast mass also undergone surgery.
LIG Global Foundation president Dr. Ernani Sadural said the activity was their fifth mission in the Philippines and they are happy with their partnership with Gov. Arthur Defensor.
This year, Sadural said, they have expanded their medical and surgical mission to include educational programs for midwives and other stakeholders. Gov. Defensor thanked MRWM and LIG Global for making the province a recipient of their worthy endeavour. He noted that Marian Rose also extended help to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda in 2013 by donating medicines and other medical supplies especially to northern Iloilo.
As part of their educational program, MRWM and LIG Global Foundation organized a career symposium, team building and arnis training for orphaned boys aging from 14-17 in San Joaquin, Iloilo. They also conducted a psychology, dental, ENT and pediatric clinic in SPED School in Oton, Iloilo and caring for caregivers workshop for Alzheimers patients in Asilo de Molo, gift-giving activities, and many other activities.