Handumanan residents enjoy free medical and surgical services

Dr. Enigardo Legislador, assisted by former President Meliton Sillador, performs surgery during the medical mission in Handumanan; right, Bacolod adviser Kalaw Puentebella (right) with club president Juliana Carbon and former president Toks Lopez (center)*

A total of 154 residents of Barangay Handumanan in Bacolod City recently benefited from the free medical and surgical mission conducted by the Rotary Club of Bacolod Central in partnership with the Negros Economic Development Foundation.

This is the third time the club has held such an activity in the barangay, with beneficiaries also receiving free medicine, some of which was donated by Councilman Claudio “Kalaw” Puentevella’s office and the city’s health office.

The mission served 47 pediatric patients, treated 10 OB-Gyne cases and 89 other illnesses. The health project was led by former Rotary District 3850 Governor Dr. Enigardo Legislador, who also supported eight surgeries.

Legislador was joined by volunteer doctors Von Aposaga, Lovelyn Panerio Reyes, Beverly Elloran-Gulmatico and Harun Demarunsing.

A Handumanan resident receives a free consultation.*

Apart from raising awareness of Bacolod, the club also carried out similar missions in the city of Sipalay after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette and in the city of Binalbagan, which also covered inmates of the Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology.

The project is among the priority areas identified by Rotary International this year, which include peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.*

Christine E. Phillips