Global Grant #25075 - Medical Mission
by GP Em Esteban
The Global Grant #25075 was approved last December 22, 2010; an early Christmas present for the Rotary Club of Cavite. This is the FIRST Global Grant for Distict 3810 for the Rotary Year 2010-2011. They started preparing the documents and the severe process of it as early as July with IPP Tony Esteban at the helm being the TRF Chairman of the club. Since then, constant communication between Dr. Lilian Pardo and Dr. Balty Lotuaco were on the go.
It took several months of preparations to proceed with the mission and to have adequate funds, collection of supplies and equipment from different medical facilities were made, sorted, and repacked. Fund raisings by Rotary Club of South Platte, Missouri District 6040, Philippine Nurses Association, and Philippine Medical Society of Greater Kansas City were organized. Shipping of 40 ft. container to Manila 2 months prior to the mission date was made. Dr. Balty Lotuaco and Dr. Denys Colins of Rotary Club of South Platte, Missouri District 6040 arrived in the Philippines weeks before the Medical Mission to take care of the clearance of the container through Bureau of Customs. Last January 17, 2011, the container was opened and the pieces of equipment, wheel chairs, boxes of medicines, etc were unloaded and placed in the hospital for safe keeping prior to the medical mission date itself. Volunteers arrived in Manila 2 days prior to mission date. 32 US volunteers consisting of Doctors and nurses came together for this Medical, Surgical, and Dental Mission.
Last February 6, 2011, the 32 US Doctors went to Drs. Salamanca Hospital to familiarize themselves with the place and to unpack the medicines and the supplies that they will be needing. Orientations were also given to the US team and to the local doctors, nurses, and other volunteers.
February 7, 2011 was the big day for the first ever Global Grant for this Rotary Year in District 3810 and the first ever Matching Grant given to the Rotary Club of Cavite (already 58 years old). The day started with the unveiling of the Rotary Marker at the Check Point of Cavite City witnessed by the 32 US doctors and nurses, District Governor of 3810 Tranquil Salvador III, Senior Deputy Governor for Cavite Area Marni Sy, Rotary Club of Cavite’s officers and members headed by their Global President Em Esteban, and other Global Presidents from Manila and Cavite. A motorcade followed the unveiling going to Dra. Salamanca Hospital where hundreds of indigent residents were lining up as early as 3:00 in the morning.
The District Governor Tranquil Salvador III, Pres. Em Esteban of RC Cavite, Pres. Ron Holt of RC South Platte Missouri, and Mayor Romeo Ramos gave their speeches as hundreds of beneficiaries thanked them. Rotarians, Nursing practicumers, Saint Peter Church volunteers, public school teachers, and Red Cross volunteers helped out in making sure that everything will be in order while the 32 US doctors and other local volunteer doctors took care of the patients. The medical mission went on from Feb. 7-11, 2011. Pre-operation, Post-operation, and other student nurses’ training were also held. Aside from the medical mission which includes surgery and operation, giving of medicines, dental, and etc. wheel chairs, walkers, reading glasses, and other health kits were also given to the beneficiaries. Below are the statistics:
The medical mission ended with the MOA signing between RC Cavite and Dra. Salamanca Hospital after RC Cavite and RC South Platte Missouri gave the pieces of medical equipment and medicines to Dra. Salamanca Hospital and RC Cavite as the care taker for inventory purposes.
At least half of the 32 US doctors were Filipinos. It felt good to have our fellowman come back to the Philippines and help out our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Specific objectives of the project (specifically for INDIGENT COMMUNITY)
Description of the project advances the goal of the area(s) of focus.
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Details of the project and implementation plan.
During the mission the different teams of doctors and nurses will provide the necessary medical surgical care. Patients will be triage from admission all the way to the final medical service the patient would need. Examinations will include vital signs, blood pressure, height and weight to be followed by examination by the corresponding physician with check up of general health status as well as heart and lungs examinations.
If the patient needs surgery, proper blood test will be done, including EKG, and chest x-ray. If major surgery is to be done, blood type and blood reserve will be prepared. Surgical patients will be admitted in the hospital before and after surgery. Patients are kept in hospital until well enough to go home. (THIS WILL BE IN COORDINATION WITH DRA. OLIVIA SALAMANCA MEMORIAL DISTRICT HOSPITAL, subject to availability of the hospital)