PCSO provides aid to baby in need of heart surgery

MANILA The Philippine Charity and Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) spearheaded a medical and dental mission that targeted underprivileged families in Nueva Ecija.

PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan, who was present during the medical and dental mission held at the Nueva Ecija High School (NEHS) gym over the weekend, noticed a young couple carrying a baby.

Aries and Shilet Cabildo have been worrying for months about their one-and-a-half year old baby, Usher, who is suffering from a congenital heart disorder and needs surgery.

We pity our baby when he cries or laugh hard. His lips and nails turn black and he finds it difficult to breathe, Shilet said.

We are hoping that our child would be with us for a long time, Aries told Balutan.

Balutan replied, We are still warriors but not in the battlefield in Mindanao. Now, we are fighting to promote charity and help people.

We will do everything to help your baby. We will maximize our financial assistance for his surgery up to his recovery, he told the Cabildo couple, who were overjoyed.

Medical Services Department Manager Dr. Jose Bernardo Gochoco, meanwhile, said the agency usually gives a maximum of PHP100,000 in financial assistance to a patient with a heart ailment but the amount varies, depending on the case and the patient's classification.

This is the objective of PCSO's medical mission to find patients whom the agency could help, more than giving one-day medical services and one-time free medicines, the doctor said.

The charity mission also bannered the PCSO Partner Tayo, a joint outreach program of PCSO and the Nueva Ecija High School Class '77 Alumni Association, Inc., which aims to provide free health care, medical consultation, dental extraction, eye examination, circumcision and medicines to Cabanatuan City residents.

The activity resulted in 254 medical and 15 dental consultations.

PCSO conducts regular medical and dental missions in depressed communities within and outside Metro Manila and nearby provinces, including the provision of free medicine for those who have less or no access to health services offered by local government units. (With reports from Jay Ray Masayda, OJT/PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency