The province of Bohol will be in the world spotlight again as international journals are set to feature the decade-long medical missions held here, according to the president of the Philippine Gift of Life Foundation.
In a press statement, Philippine Gift of Life Foundation President/CEO Fancy S. Baluyot said that the inclusion of Bohol in the said international medical publications will be a first in the Philippine history in the field of medical missions, noting that the “feat will surely pave the way for greater achievements and more humanitarian missions in the near future for the province of Bohol.”
“The province of Bohol under Gov. Edgar M. Chatto once more is set to reap accolade as the Bohol medical missions from 2006-2017 are to be featured in articles to be written by internationally-renowned U.S. surgeon Dr. Rifat Lafiti in the globally-prominent American College of Surgeons’ bulletin and in other world volunteerism journals,” Baluyot told The Bohol Tribune.
Dr. Lafiti, a highly-respected Professor of Surgery and Director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center in New York, U.S.A, will be writing about the Operation Giving Back Bohol missions and other Bohol surgical missions that he and U.S.-based Boholano Dr. Renato Rivera and their group had spearheaded in the past 11 years dating back from February 2006.
The first two surgical missions were held at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital under then Chief of Hospital Dr. Nenita Moraga-Po while the group’s succeeding humanitarian missions were done at the Borja Family Hospital thru Medical Director Dr. Melinda Regner-Borja.
The cited previous Bohol medical-surgical missions had benefited thousands of poor patients from Bohol and various parts of the Philippines “who otherwise don’t have the capabilities to afford hospital surgical operations.”
Dr. Lafiti alone had done life-changing free surgeries on over 300 goiter and thyroid patients in these past Bohol missions, significantly bringing new hope and a huge positive impact in the lives of the thousands of patient-beneficiaries and their families.
The Bohol missions that Dr. Lafiti and Dr. Rivera had led here since 2006 was mainly sponsored by the Provincial of Bohol, coordinated and organized by the Philippine Gift of Life, and supported by the City Government of Tagbilaran, with assistance from the Department of Health and Rotary Club of Tagbilaran.
The latest edition of the free surgical missions in Bohol was held last February 18-24, 2017 at the Borja Family Hospital, which was sponsored by the Provincial Government of Boholand the Philippine Gift of Life Foundation thru Chairman Dr. Ramie Cadag and President / Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Fancy S. Baluyot,supported by the City Government of Tagbilaran under City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” Yap II and Rotary Club of Tagbilaran thru President Mr. Tony Maquindang.
The Philippine Gift of Life Board of Trustees – Officers and Members include Dr. Ramie Cadag as Chairman, Mrs. Fancy Baluyot as President / CEO, Mr. Peter Dejaresco as Corporate Secretary; Engr. Albert Uy as Treasurer; Mr. Benjamin Ong as Auditor; Dr. Florante Lomibao as Chief Consultant; Gov, Edgar M. Chatto as Adviser; Directors – Dr. Mary Ann Ruiz, Mr. Richard Uy, Mr. Joseph Alagon, Dr. Pepe Recitas, Ms. Cates Climaco, Mr. Toto Jabonillo, Dr. Edgar Lerias, and Engr. Victor Bantol. The foundation’s consultants are Dr. Avenilo Aventura, Dr. Francisco Dizon, Dr. Federico Malubay, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Casas, Dr. Edgardo Ortiz, Dr. Elmer Punzalan, Dr. Kazan Baluyot, Dr. Julia Maape, Dr. Joseph Clawson and Dr. Ma. Bernadette Azcueta.