Dagupan's elderly to undergo free cataract operation
DAGUPAN CITY – At least 80 indigent elder citizens, who stand to benefit from the free cataract operation of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Medical Mission Foundation, underwent free medical checkup and screening on October 17 at the city museum under the auspices of the City Health Office.
Dr. Shiela Sabado, City Health Office officer-in-charge, said the candidates for cataract operation were checked by no less than the doctors of the UST Medical Mission Foundation to find out whether they are fit to undergo operation.
The team brought with it a mobile laboratory for fasting and random blood sugar check, complete blood count (CBC), chest x-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG) and cardiopulmonary (CP) clearance.
The medical team, which is extending free health care services to the underprivileged Filipinos in various communities, is led by Dr. Gina Ang, Internal Medicine and Adriene Elizabeth Lim, optometrist, of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Medical Mission Foundation.
The project jibes with the pro-poor program under Mayor Belen T. Fernandez’ Alagang Balon Dagupan for the elderly who will be scheduled for free cataract operations at UST Hospital.
"Since its inception several years ago, around 275 Dagupeños have already benefitted from this health care program," Sabado said.
Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the UST Medical Mission Foundation, which was founded on October 1961, intends to make quality medical and surgical service accessible to all Filipinos, especially those living in rural areas. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)