(Metro News) Makati hosts ‘Operation Smile’ surgical mission on Nov. 16-19

November 16, 2011 1:12 am 

MANILA, Nov. 15 — The city government of Makati, in partnership with Operation Smile Philippines (OSP), will host a surgical mission for residents and non-residents with cleft lips or palates from Nov. 16 to 19 at the Ospital ng Makati Acute Care Center (ACC) along Malugay St., Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay Jr. said the mission is open to patients six months of age and older.

He urged concerned parents and relatives to bring their loved ones for screening at ACC on Nov. 16, starting at 7 a.m. until 12 noon. The first batch of patients will be operated on in the afternoon of the same day.

“We call on the parents of children and young adults afflicted with this correctible condition to bring them to ACC this Wednesday for screening. Qualified patients will have the chance to be treated for free by highly qualified plastic surgeons and join the countless beneficiaries of Operation Smile who now lead better lives,” Binay said.

The mayor said that aside from providing some of the needed fund, the city government also offers the free use of the operating rooms and ward facilities of the ACC of Ospital ng Makati.

From screening to actual operations, the city’s own medical team will assist OSP staff and surgical teams.

Now on its seventh year, Operation Smile in Makati has helped promote public awareness and support for outreach programs that provide surgical assistance to persons, especially children, suffering from speech defects or facial deformities.

Operation Smile Philippines is a private, non-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults suffering from the said deformities.

ACC, the host facility, is the country’s first and only free-standing emergency care unit dedicated solely to providing urgent medical services to the seriously ill or injured. (PNA)

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