PUDTOL, Apayao – The Apayao Provincial Health Office (PHO) organized a Kilatis Kutis Dermserg Medical Mission, Project Butsy, and an outreach program in Cabatacan, Pudtol last July 14, 2023.
This initiative is in partnership with the Southern Isabela Medical Center Dermatology Specialist (SIMCDS) and the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Pudtol.
The primary objective of this mission was to provide comprehensive medical services to the community. General medicine consultations were made available to address a range of medical concerns, while dermatological patients received specialized care from dermatologists affiliated with the SIMC. A total of 419 individuals participated in the program, benefiting from consultations and necessary surgical procedures.
During the outreach program, several patients underwent derma operations, including dermatologic surgical procedures and surgeries. These procedures were conducted under the supervision of experienced dermatologic surgeons from the hospital, ensuring the safety and efficacy of the treatments.
In addition to consultations and surgical procedures, patients were provided with appropriate pharmacologic therapy. Dermatologists prescribed medications and offered advice on over-the-counter products, enabling individuals to effectively manage their dermatologic conditions.
Moreover, an Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign was launched to educate patients and their families about the prevention and treatment of common dermatologic disorders. The workshop covered topics such as skincare, hygienic techniques, and lifestyle modifications aimed at promoting improved dermatologic health.
To enhance the scope and impact of future medical missions and outreach initiatives, it is recommended to foster collaborations with local community organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government agencies. By pooling resources and expertise, a broader range of dermatologic and medical disorders can be effectively addressed, ultimately benefiting more individuals in need. By Maureen Legazpi