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DOH launches surgical caravan in W. Visayas

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Iloilo City — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday launched this year’s Surgical Caravan in Western Visayas.

The surgical caravan or the “To DOH Alaga, May TSEKaP na, May Operasyon Pa!” is a follow-up program of the Philippine Health Agenda-Check-Up to realize the provision of surgical intervention to those who need them.

DOH-Western Visayas assistant regional director Ma. Paz Corrales, in an interview, said that the surgical intervention would specifically benefit indigent patients in the region.

As of this month, Corrales said there were 852 identified patients in the region needing surgeries.

Specifically, the province of Antique has 362 patients followed by Aklan (213), Iloilo province, (159),  Iloilo City (66)  Capiz (37) and Guimaras (15).

These patients were identified through the annual medical check up done in the rural health units (RHUs), barangay health stations and other hospitals.

“If they need surgery, then they will be listed under this caravan,” she said.

Corrales said that most of these patients need to undergo surgeries for masses, cleft palates, cataracts, cysts, hernias and ob-gyne cases.

Corrales said the patients would still have to undergo cardio-pulmonary evaluation to determine if they are fit to undergo surgery.

The regional DOH office has identified hospitals where the surgeries would be performed.

For DOH hospitals, these include the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC), Western Visayas Sanitarium and Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center.

For LGU hospitals, they have identified the Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Iloilo, Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in Capiz, Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in Antique and Dr. Rafael S. Tumbucon Memorial Hospital in Aklan.

Corrales said that surgical caravan in DOH hospitals would run from June 21-27 while in LGU hospitals, the surgical caravan was slated July 3-16.

The surgical caravan here is being implemented by DOH -6 in collaboration with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the medical assistance program of DOH.

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