The Interplast Australia and New Zealand Medical Mission in action for reconstructive surg ical operations in Benguet in 2017. The group is set for another medical mission in this November. (file photo of BeGH)
Governor Crescencio Pacalso said the team will be conducting a Reconstructive Surgical Mission on November 4-16, 2018 at the Benguet General Hospital. He is calling on all those who would like to avail of the services to go for the initial screening.
This will be the 13th time the mission team of Interplast of Australia and New Zealand will be staging the surgical mission with the tagline “Repairing Bodies and Rebuilding Lives in the Asia Pacific Region ” said Dr. Marjorie Rebujio, BeGH Committee Chair on Outreach and Extension Services.
Rebujio explained that prior to the actual surgery, prospective patients need to undergo pre-clinical screening and referred to ears, nose, throat (ENT)/surgery out-patient department of BeGH. The procedure has beeen ongoing since September 9 until October 19 except during holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.
After the pre-clinical screening and registration, Rebujio said patients will undergo clinical screening which entails laboratory tests. The results will be referred to the internal medicine department/ pediatric department for clearance if organs such as heart and lungs could endure the surgical operations. This procedure will take place from October 22-31.
Cleared patients will be given tentative schedules for admission and operations.
Presentation and final screening of cleared patients by Interplast doctors will be on November 5-6 at 9:00 AM. Patients who will be accommodated will be notified and scheduled accordingly.
Rebujio said about 70-90 patients will be selected for operation. In the past two missions, all the slots were filled up. By Susan C. Aro(JDP/SCA- PIA CAR, Benguet)