Aloha Medical Mission: Serving Negrenses for 10 years-A A +A
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
IN MANY ways, Negros Occidental is a lucky province. With its bountiful land and sea resources, scenic tourist attractions, and warm people, Negrenses are discovering more and more reasons each day to live happily in this part of the country.
Aloha Medical Mission is one of them. It is one shining testament on how the world truly cares for Negrenses.
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aloha Medical Mission is providing free healthcare to underserved people in Hawaii, across the Pacific and beyond.
This week, from February 24 to 28, the team is at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital (TLJMPH) in Silay City serving patients in northern Negros. Next week, the team will go to Kabankalan City on March 3 to 7 to serve patients in southern Negros.
Dr. Bradley Wong, president of the Aloha Medical Mission, says in an interview last Monday that their organization has been serving Negrenses for 10 years now, with the conduct of free medical, dental, and surgical missions in different areas.
The team is composed of medical specialists, nurses, prosthetists, and surgeons from different countries. They do cleft-lip surgery on children, operations to treat hernia, thyroid, gall bladders, hysterectomy, and cataract problems, and perform dental procedures.
The team targets to perform 100 major operations, 200 dental procedures and another 300 minor surgeries in Silay City. They expect to perform the same number of medical procedures in Kabankalan next week.
Wong, a general surgeon, says it is a rare privilege to be a doctor and be able to help people.
“If I were not a doctor, I could not do this. And this gives me the chance to really change people’s lives by performing an operation. For me, it is a lucky gift that I have, with all the other surgeons and nurses that helped us. We get a lot of satisfaction by doing it,” he shares.
Jean Trebol, vice president of the St. Scholastica’s Bacolod Alumnae Foundation, the local partner of Aloha Medical Mission, thanks the team for always coming back to Negros. She also thanks Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for his support to the medical mission.
“We feel grateful knowing that you have helped so many people in need and you made a difference in their lives,” Trebol says.
Dr. Ma. Girlie Pinongan, chief of hospital of the TLJMPH, for her part, says that Aloha Medical Mission is a big help in treating Negrense patients.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 26, 2014.