Surgical Mission Siquijor Philippines
Siquijor is the smallest of the island provinces in the Visayas region and the third smallest of the Philippines, both in terms of its surface area and the number of inhabitants. About 87,000 people live on the mountainous island which has a circumference of 50 miles.
Siquijor Provincial Hospital (100 beds)
Number of Doctors - 5 / Doctor Population Ratio - 1:16,320
Hospital Bed Population Ratio - 1:544
Our mission aims at reaching the socially disadvantaged part of the population of the islands and attending to untreated surgical diseases. In addition to the patients of the island Siquijor, a cooperation for patients from Cebu is planned, who are there attended to by the German project Doctors for Developing Countries and are in need of surgical treatment. (I participated in this project there on site in July/August 2011.)
The following diseases are supposed to be surgically attended to: thyroid surgery, inguinal hernia surgery, variceal surgery, small-sized soft tissue tumours, haemorrhoids, gallbladder surgery, chronic wounds (ulcers, decubitus), traumatological primary care, carpal tunnel surgery, Dupuytren’s contractures.
Currently, there is no primary care of severely injured patients who had an accident. They are brought immediately to the next bigger island by the rescue boat (a trip of about 40 mins), in any wind and weather, without adequate stabilisation for the transport. Local representatives will be educated in emergency medicine in the course of the project.
The planned surgery period will be two weeks with an additional two weeks for follow-up treatment and possible complications.
Emergency training: two weeks including trauma management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
● 4-6 months in advance: announcement of the project
by local authorities and hospital.
Cooperation on site:
Governor: Orlando A. Fua Jr.
Chief Physician: Edith Cortes
Captain of the Rescue Boat: Mario Maglinte
Treating the socially disadvantaged part of the population and exchange of knowledge with the local colleagues. Establishing an annual mission with the cooperation of the Saarchirurgische Vereinigung (Surgical Assocation of Saarland). Building up a First Responder System.