115 avail surgery in San Carlos ‘caravan’ (PIA) feb 17
The Caravan of Services sponsored by the San Carlos Diocesan Social Action Foundation Inc. with the Office of the Ombudsman , Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department Of Health, Negros Occidental Local Government Units and the San Carlos City government performed 115 minor surgeries this week, a Philippine Information Agency press release said yesterday.
OMB Assistant Graft Investigator Officer III Evangeline Nuñal said the figure represents patients from February 13 to 15 but the number of beneficiaries could still go up as patients served Thursday have not yet been included in the initial report, it said.
About 65 physicians and nurses volunteered for the activity, and included 22 from Minnesota, USA.
Nuñal said San Carlos City allocated P350,000 for the minor surgeries with one box of medicines donated by DOH6 Regional Director Ariel Valencia and two boxes of medicines unused during the previous caravan.
Hundreds also availed of medical and dental services held at the City Auditorium.
In his message relayed by OMB representatives, Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol said the convergence of services is aimed at bringing the government closer to the people.
Rev. Fr. Dionesio Nacario, through his representative, said the church and the government have one goal which is to serve the people, as he thanked the OMB for holding the program in the city.
In a forum held at the city hall, San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor thanked the OMB and members of the caravan for the unselfish service they rendered to the people of the city.
“Indeed it was a big opportunity for the people of San Carlos including of all us here now to have interacted with you,” he said.
San Carlos City is the last LGU of Negros Occidental in the north, approximately 144 km. from the province’ capital, Bacolod City.*
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