Last weekend, nearly 200 indigent children and adults were given free surgical treatments during a medical mission at the Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital, organized by the World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP) and the City Health Office, with the support of the Megawide Corporate Foundation Inc. (Megawide Foundation) and GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC).
With a team of 52 volunteers, including 25 surgeons, the mission carried out 173 minor and 47 major surgeries. The youngest patient attended to was only 9 months old, and the oldest patient was 72 years old.
Megawide Foundation chief operating officer Shiela Lyn Nawata said that Megawide is proud to bring first-world surgical care to the people of Lapu-Lapu, in partnership with GMCAC and WSFP. The mission also had support from Cebu Pacific Air and PS Baltazar Building and Architecture.
“There are a lot of people who cannot afford surgical treatment, or who find it hard to have to go to Cebu City for these kinds of procedures, so we are bringing this service to them,” said WSFP president Dr. Marcus Lester Suntay, who is also a pedriatic surgeon. He also adds that WSFP will continue to help the hospital develop its medical and surgical units through its 5-10 year plan.
A version of this story appeared on Manila Bulletin.