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Medical Mission: Operation Libreng Tuli
Friday, May 09, 2008
Medical missions are numerous during the summer months. I use to hold mine in my own clinic also during these months. I do it by giving samples for cough, colds, diarrhea, fever, deworming, and multivitamins. I ask samples for such project from drug companies, and they send me boxes of these so generously. When samples do not suffice because of high turn-out of patients,or when samples do not arrive on time, I buy these medicines using my own money.

The problem with this kind of medical mission is that most people who come are not actually sick at the time. They just come to ask for medicines for their future use. They hoard these medicines for use of all family members. And since dosages differ in every individual especially in children where they are based on the patient's weight, the actual purpose of the mission is defeated. That's why most doctors lose interest doing this type of medical missions. Aside from saving money, the patients do not really benefit from such kind of practice.

Operation Tuli (circumcision) is another kind of medical mission. Unlike just giving medicines for patients to take home, doctors perform the operation on-site. And since the procedure is expensive if done in clinics, patients and their families really appreciate it. But just like anything free, this also has a down side to it. Transmission of diseases (like Hepatitis B) are not 100% prevented.

This summer, my husband and I were part of several operation libreng tuli. One of these was hosted by Alfonso Lee Sin Memorial Lodge no. 158, F. & A. M., at Bonuan Boquig, Dagupan City, Philippines. They'll be hosting another one this weekend, May 11, 2008. For those who live near the area and are still uncircumcised, this is another chance before the school days begin.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 8:00 AM  
  • At 2:13 AM, Blogger raqgold said…

    hi amy, bakit kaya summer time talaga ang ginagawa ang ganito? and, happy mother's day!

  • At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Sexy Mom said…

    am sure you find fulfillment in every medical mission you go to.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  • At 11:31 PM, OpenID megamomph said…

    Happy Mom's day Dok Amy!
    Keng: summer so that boys don't have to miss school. It takes a week or so to recover from this, di ba Dok?

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    Tama si megamomph, Rag, it's summer vacation so they have enough time to recover. Happy mother's day, too!

    Though nakakapagod, enjoy naman lalo na during lunch time, Dine. We doctors get to catch up with each other's life. Happy mother's day, too. Your alan jr's blog had been the inspiration of my son Raymund to start his own. Thanks to him.

    Happy mom's day, too, megamomph. My response is late though but it's better than never, as they say :-)

  • At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In fact, 90%-94% of all boys Worldwide of all ages 0-100 years old above are not circumcised, permanently, including all intact(not circumcised) adult Filipino boys and women or gaymen worldwide prefers more with intact boys than the cut peers, like in the Philippines.

    Karelin Gabon

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