Over 200 patients underwent free major and minor surgeries, as well as pathology procedures and medical consultations, in a Surgical Mission organized by the Megawide Foundation last September 4-6 in Surigao del Norte and Siargao Island.
In partnership with the World Surgical Foundation (WSF) Philippines and supported by SunLife Foundation, Megawide Foundation helped address the surgical healthcare backlog in the localities by bringing in first-world medical equipment and providing access to complex surgeries not readily available in the said areas.
“One of the goals of Megawide Foundation is to provide underserved Filipino communities with first-world solutions. We’re just hoping that this will really be a blessing to the community,” said Megawide Foundation Chief Operating Officer Lynn Nawata.
One of the patients who underwent surgery in Surigao, Corazon Morillo, also expressed her gratitude for being one of the beneficiaries of Megawide Foundation’s surgical mission. “Masayang-masaya ako at malaki ang pasasalamat ko dahil may ganitong programa. Dahil sa aming kahirapan, matagal ko nang ipinagdarasal na may makatulong sa akin.”
This is the second surgical mission of Megawide Foundation and WSF this year. Last March, over 200 patients also benefited from the project in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
Other partners of Megawide Foundation in making the Surgical Mission a success are:
Minor sponsors: Cebu Pacific Air, P/E Capital, Mabuhay Padala, SNC-SPUS Batch 91 Alumni Association, Rotary Club of Surigao Midtown Jewels
Government Agencies: Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Provincial Government of Surigao Del Norte
Medical Organizations: Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS), Surgery in Underserved Regions for Education (SURE), Philippine Society of Pediatric Surgeons, Inc. (PSPS), Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists (PSA), Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines (ORNAP)
Hospital Partners: Surigao Del Norte Provincial Hospital and Siargao District Hospital