SAN FERNANDO CITY– More than 400 patients from La Union municipalities and nearby Pangasinan province benefited from
medical and surgical services at the Bacnotan District Hospital on November 11-21. Surgeons performed a total of 171 operations, 20 of which were major ones.

Spearheaded by the Alfonso Yuchengco Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the provincial government and local government units, four teams of medical specialists of the foundation conducted medical screening in obstetrics and gynecology, ears, nose and throat, cardio-pulmonary clearance and general surgical procedures.

The foundation provided free laboratory, x-ray and other diagnostic tests; medicines; and surgical supplies before and after the surgery in cooperation with BDH Ancillary Department.

Blood and blood products needed in the operations were provided in coordination with the National Voluntary Blood Services Program –Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center and the Philippine Red Cross La Union – San Fernando City Chapter.

During the mission, Dr, Hector T. Benas, Provincial Health Officer, was the overall project coordinator, while Dr. Zenserly D. Pagaduan, BDH Officer-in-Charge, supervised the flow of activities.

The project was in support of Gov. Manuel C. Ortega’s “Health for All,” and benefited the province’s underprivileged constituents,
especially those from isolated and economically-depressed villages.

It was learned the same project will be conducted next January for those who were already screened but have not undergone surgical procedures. Melanie Holt-GPC/