Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Free eye check-up, cataract operation slated in August

A FREE eye check-up and cataract operation to all men and women aged 60 years old and above is scheduled in Tacloban City this August in celebration of this year’s “Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month.”

Tingog Sinirangan party-list group, in cooperation with the RTR Medical Program Services and the Congressional Office of Leyte First District Representative Yedda Romualdez, is calling individuals who have eye problems or who are in need of a cataract operation anywhere in Eastern Visayas to avail themselves of the upcoming Tingog Medical Program next month.

“Those who would like to avail [themselves of] the operation have to visit our office for the laboratory screening, which is also for free. This is not limited to Leyteños only,” said Ivy Jane Dacallos, office manager of Tingog Sinirangan party-list.

For referral check-up and pre-operative screening endorsement, visit the Tingog Sinirangan Partylist office at the Community Center corner Real Sagkahan street fronting Tacloban Astrodome, Dacallos said.

“The patient will have to visit Tingog office first for the registration and will proceed to Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR) Eyecenter Out-patient department for the check-up and screening,” she added.

The check-up and screening is open only from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Wednesday to Saturday.

For 60 years old and above patients, their Philhealth information is needed.

“It’s first come, first served basis. But we have no quota for the number of patients. We'll have to finish the screening first to identify the possible numbers of patients for the operation,” she added.

According to Dacallos, this is the first eye operation to be conducted by their group for this year.

Tingog Sinirangan and Representative Romualdez have already organized four medical programs this 2018.

Its recent Tingog Medical Program was held in Barangay San Agustin, in Jaro, Leyte, on June 20, benefiting over 400 residents in the area.

Free medical, dental and wellness services were delivered through the joint efforts of Tingog Sinirangan, JCI Candahug Liberation, JCI Kulintang Inc., Philippine Association of Medical Technologists Iligan, Philippine Army, and the Local Government of Jaro.

The free medical consultation was provided by the medical team from Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, Department of Health-Leyte Provincial Office, and student organization Akma ResBak. (SunStar Philippines)