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Florida-based Filipino physicians in medical-surgical mission in Carcar  

| by: Roger Serna

Members of the Association of Philippine Physicians of the Florida Panhandle go on a medical-surgical mission at the Cebu Provincial Hospital – Carcar City (CPHCC) on May 25-29.

The association is headed by Dr. Miguel Mancao Jr. who is based in Pensacola, Florida, USA. The team will be composed of medical doctors, surgeons, nurses and other volunteers.

The project is fully supported by Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III who, in turn, tasked the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to provide the counterpart services in the mission.

Cases to be attended to in the mission include goiter and thyroid masses, adult and pediatric hernias, gall bladder, gynecological cases (prolapsed uterus, myomas and ovarian tumors), cleft lip, removal of bladder stones, excision of breast masses and soft tissue tumors, anorectal cases (hemorrhoids and fistulas), dental cases, lumps and bumps, and medical consultations.

The Province will shoulder laboratory tests expenses for patients recommended by the mayors of San Fernando, Carcar City, Sibonga and Barili and initially screened by the LGUs’ respective health officers.

Prerequisite tests for the surgeries include CBC, blood typing, urinalysis, ECG, chest X-ray, FBS, creatinine, SGOT, SGPT, alkaline phosphatase, ultrasound of the biliary tree, and clotting and bleeding time. The tests will be performed right at the venue of the mission.

Furthermore, the Province will provide for the use of the hospital’s operating rooms, delivery rooms and outpatient clinic.

Identification of patients; vehicles to transport the medical volunteers to and from the hospital on May 22-29; delivery from the U.S. of the container van containing anesthesia machines, surgical instruments, medical supplies and medicines; and, provisions for the volunteers will likewise be taken cared of by the Cebu Provincial Government.