Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MGP ‘I-smile’ project in Masbate enters second year
By Norman B. Tamar

MASBATE CITY Dec. 16 (PNA) --– The Masbate Gold Project (MGP) will hold its second annual medical mission, dubbed as “I-smile,” in the province of Masbate by January or February next year.

As part of MGP’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, MGP has been hosting the project “I-smile” of the Interplast Foundation, which provides free constructive facial treatment to poor children suffering from cleft lips/palate and burns.

Gene Gregorio, MGP communications director, said Tuesday that the MGP medical mission held a three-day mass screening of patients in MC Hospital on Dec. 11-13, in Cataingan Municipal Hospital on Dec. 13 and in Aroroy Municipal Hospital on Dec. 14.

The mission was headed by MGP special operations manager Florencio Cayco, company physician Dr. Jonathan Ang and Department of Education nurses in the province.

It was the second medical activity of a three-year-round medical mission of MGP in the entire province of Masbate, which started in early 2014 and will end in 2016.

Gregorio said the mission would possibly extend by 2016 onwards.

The project “I-smile” of MGP offers the highest level of medical care to children and adults suffering from intuitive facial deformations so that they can experience care and compassion and live a normal life,

It will be carried out by surgeons, anesthesiologists, speech pathologists and nurses from Australia in cooperation with the provincial government and the city government of Masbate, Interplast Team, Masbate Medical Society, Caritas Masbate, Pambansang Samahan ng mga Nars, Masbate Hospital, Health Services Cooperative, DepEd and local nurses.

Gregorio said the MGP shoulders the expenses of patients like transportation, accommodation, food and other incidental expenses during the screening and actual operation.

The team of Australian and Filipino practitioners will bring their own medical supplies and equipment.

DepEd nurses helped in the selection and recommendation of patients while the provincial, district and municipal hospitals and the City Health Office played an important role during the enlistment of patients.

Walk-in patients also have a chance to join if they can pass the medical screening process.

Other towns like Claveria in Burias Island and those in the Second District joined the screening at the MC hospital from Thursday to Friday last week while Dimasalang, Palanas, Pio V. Corpus, Cataingan and neighboring towns had their medical screening at the Cataingan Municipal Hospital on Saturday.

The activity was organized and managed by the MGP headed by its key officials: resident manager Bon Latuga, community relations manager Ramon Velasco, Ang, Cayco and Gregorio.(PNA) RMA/FGS/NBT/CBD/