The Buddhist charity group Tzu Chi Foundation will conduct its first ever medical mission in the city from Nov. 4-6 at the Davao Chong Hua High School (formerly Davao Central High School) and Metro Davao Medical and Research Center along Bajada, J.P. Laurel Ave.
“This will be the first time that a medical mission will be conducted by the Tsu Chi Foundation here with up to 6,000 patients targeted,” Jun Hererra, assistant coordinator for Tzu Chi 215th Medical, Dental and Surgical Mission, said.
The Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Master Chen Yen in 1966 and it has provided medical and education services in Taiwan for years. The overseas chapters were established beginning 1985.
“Master Cheng believes that suffering in this world is caused by material deprivation and spiritual poverty. We veer away from what is excessive, he said.
The Tzu Chi volunteers contribute to help the poor and the needy, he added.
Around 500 volunteers including 80 doctors will be coming from Taiwan, Singapore, Manila, General Santos, Tacloban and Davao City. The volunteer doctors are considered experts on their fields.
The doctors will be providing dental services to include tooth filling and extraction. They will also conduct surgery for hernia, cataract, goiter, varicoceles and hydroceles for both children and adults.
Varicoceles are varicose veins found in the scrotum and the testicle which are not only painful but can result in shrinkage of the testicles.
Those who are undergoing major surgery have undergone pre-screening and laboratory examination at the Davao Medical Research Center for free a few weeks prior to the date of surgery.
“Our beneficiaries will come from Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Cateel and other areas in Mindanao,” he said.
Up to 50 patients will be coming from Cateel who were pre-screened by Dr. Josephine Cadayona who personally went to Cateel for the check-ups.
Hererra said all cataract surgeries will be conducted on November 4. They will also be giving away free eye glasses to patients during the Medical Mission.
“The doctors who will perform the surgeries are from Taiwan and Davao City,” he said.
The doctors will also be providing Oriental medicine and acupuncture to those who want alternative healing for their condition.
Hererra said they will only be able to accommodate up to 160 patients for the major surgical procedures.
However, the doctors will be able to conduct cataract operations to more patients since the doctor can perform up to 80 cataract procedures in a day. Each eye surgery can be done in just seven minutes.
Over 57 countries in five continents have received Tzu Chi’s aid since 2005. (PNA) LAP/LCM/LAC/LDP