ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, October 3 (PIA) –Thirty-one residents of this city, mostly children having oral deformities trooped to Gender and Development (GAD) center for a free cleft lip and cleft palate screening coordinated by the Antipolo City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWD) and Persons with Disability Office (PDAO) last September 17, 2013.
Antipolo City Executive Assistant for Social Services Enrico A. Naida, who coordinated many of the referrals, noted that most of the patients came from poor families and can even barely afford the fare coming to the office.
“They need to have their heart and health condition examined first in order for the operation to be successful,” added Philippine Band of Mercy (PBM) project coordinator Romeo Lopez. Qualified cleft lip and cleft palate patients had complete blood count and X-ray check-ups before surgery.
Registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1947, PBM provides indigent Filipinos physically disfigured at birth an opportunity to avail of medical help and support.
The volunteer receiving team composed of CSWD, PDAO and PBM staff was led by Dra. Katherine Dagoc, led . Further examinations were also conducted on the said patients last September 20 at the Rizal Provincial Hospital – Antipolo Annex to qualify for surgery held lSeptember 28. (Annie Santos, PIO-Antipolo/PIA-Rizal)