A man consults with UST healthcare workers at the UST Practice Gym during the “Alaga at Tulong Tomasino” medical mission on Tuesday, Jan. 10. (Photo by Jana Francesca D. Yao/ The Varsitarian)

THE UST HOSPITAL will conduct a three-day medical mission from Jan. 10 to 13 at the UST Practice Gym as part of its “Alaga at Tulong Tomasino” program, which will offer free consultations, medicines, and medical procedures to registered patients.

Free consultation and medication will be given to patients with ailments like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, skin disease, eye conditions, and pediatric illnesses.

According to UST Hospital Chief Executive Officer Fr. Julius Factora, O.P., at least 1,000 patients were expected to attend each day of the medical mission.

“For several years, the UST Hospital has been endeavoring to help poor people who need medical help. And that is what the University of Santo Tomas Hospital stands for – to cater not just to our rich clients, but most importantly to those who are poor and marginalized,” he said.

Patients who wish to avail themselves of the free medical services must register through the link posted on the hospital’s Facebook page prior to entering the University.

The medical mission will run from Jan. 10 to 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some 30 to 50 volunteer doctors will attend to patients daily. They will be assisted by other volunteer medical residents, interns, and student nurses.

“Voluntary ito. Kahit ‘yung doctors na nandito sa UST Hospital, they made time. Hindi sila nag-clinic, hindi sila nag-rounds just to be able to put in their efforts and time sa medical mission for free,” said Factora.

The “Alaga at Tulong Tomasino” program volunteers will also conduct surgical procedures for free from Jan. 9 to 13.

Services include general surgery, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, thoracic, cardiac and vascular surgery, urology, gynecology, and ear, nose and throat surgery.

Avelino Corpuz, a patient who underwent cataract surgery, said the free services were beneficial to people like him who needed to undergo certain procedures.

“Maraming matutulungan itong [medical mission] na ito. Kasi nung nagpapa-checkup pa lang ako, ang dami kong nakakasabay na talagang magpapa-schedule din daw sila rito,” Corpuz said.

The medical mission is a collaboration of UST Hospital, UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, UST Medical Alumni Association in America, Titans USA/Philippines, Ohana Hawaii Medical Missions, UST Medicine Class 1980, and Medical Missions Inc.


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