The Jesus A. Datu Medical Center has been the hub of many projects simultaneously over the past few months.
On December 11 we had a cataract screening of 376 patients. With the help of 4 volunteer opthalmologists and 3 optometrists, 123 of these patients were found eligible for surgery. The other cases consisted of glaucoma patients and those who needed glasses. 170 eyeglasses were distributed to the latter group. Patients arrived as early as 5 a.m.! 10 tents had to be borrowed from the City Mayor's office to accommodate them.
A 3 day pterygium mission for more than 300 cases is planned in January, 2011. The cataract surgeries will also be done in January once we obtain the ambulatory clinic permit for the JADMC which is expected in January or February, 2011.
The weekly Mother Child Charity clinic continues every Friday with volunteer physicians (internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN). The Arellano research on Maternal and Infant Mortality for the town of Bacolor is ongoing, with 12 full time nurses supervised by a clinical nurse. Their research will establish the benchmark for the Zero Maternal and Infant Mortality Program for the entire province of Pampanga. In other words, for the Pampanga Province Zero Maternal and Infant Mortality Program, we have started with Bacolor because this is where the JADMC is located. The Mother Child Charity Clinic has so far treated more than 1,100 children and pregnant mothers in Bacolor and neighboring towns. This includes free medicines, volunteer doctors, and referrals for difficult pregnancies.
The World Medical Relief will assist us with providing more equipment for the eye clinic, laboratory, radiology, and operating tables.
We have 2 prosthetics technicians undergoing their final months of training. They will be based at the JADMC, where the prosthetics laboratory will be based.
The Mother Child Charity Clinic takes place every Friday at the Jesus A. Datu Medical Center. Each Friday is assigned to various organizations, such as the Rotary Club, Lions' Club, Soroptimists, Kapampangan Development Foundation, and Datu Angeles David Foundation, among other volunteers. Obstetricians, Gynecologist, Pediatricians, and Internal Medicine physicians all volunteer their time to staff the clinic. At the most recent clinic, 238 pediatric, 65 OB/GYN, and 123 medical cases for a total of 426 patients were served.
We are close to obtaining our Level 1 License to Operate General Services. This will allow us to operate an ambulatory cataract surgical unit with Philhealth reimbursement. Also upcoming is the transfer of a Prosthetics Lab from its present location at Clark Airfield to the Jesus A. Datu Medical Center.
On July 10, the JADMC medical equipment donated by World Medical Relief was delivered. It includes a Phaeco machine and 2 lasers giving us the capability to do cataract and glaucoma surgeries.
With equipment now delivered and renovations done, we have filed the application permit for a Level 1 General Services Hospital. Meanwhile we are installing wirings, transformers, and purchasing a generator as part of the requirements. The process for the License to Operate takes one month.
The month of August will be used to hire all the doctors and staff for the JADMC. We will be meeting with the Arellano University and Fatima University management regarding how they can supply us with the needed personnel.
The newly elected Mayor of Bacolor has committed the full support of their local government for the project.
The Mother and Child Clinic will happen every Friday of the month beginning August 20.
The Rotary Clubs have donated $4,000 to purchase medicines and supplies for this year.
We are excited about the ongoing events at the Jesus A. Datu Medical Center! We are playing the central role in the "Pampanga Zero Maternal and Infant Mortality Campaign". This project will establish 30 midwife-owned clinics under the social franchise brand name of Well Family Midwife Clinics (WFMCs). The JADMC will be the hub of this program, serving as a birthing clinic and as a training hospital for the midwives. We, along with our partner Kapampangan Development Foundation, are raising funds for the training of the midwives. Working alongside the Rotary Club, World Medical Relief, Knightsbridge International, among others, we are receiving donations of equipment as well as food for undernourished mothers.
We are working with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers to help us identify indigent patients for our ongoing cataract, medical, and harelip/cleft palate projects.
We plan to do a weekly free clinic (to begin with) for children and mothers as part of the Maternal and Child Care component of our program.
Our goal is to promote a ZERO maternal and infant mortality for the province of Pampanga in 5 years through a community-based approach.
The LFLF worked alongside the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) and the Datu Angeles David Foundation and held its annual medical/dental/cataract mission February 12-13, 2010 and Feb 19-21, 2010. Over 500 medical and dental patients were seen. Approximately sixty cataract patients were successfully operated.
In addition to the daily operation of the JADMC, we plan to conduct these medical missions annually.
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