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BORONGAN, Eastern Samar – NAC Foundation, Inc. (NACFI), the philanthropic arm of listed natural resource development company Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) and the St. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation, Inc. (SLMCFI) held an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialty medical mission at Borongan, Province of Eastern Samar from May 13-17, 2024.

The mission fulfills the Memorandum of Understanding between the NACFI, SLMCFI, and the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar for the province-wide surgical-medical mission.

A total of 18 major surgeries and 8 minor surgeries were carried out by the St. Luke’s team and 473 patients received medical consultations for ENT cases. Additionally, a total of 158 nurses and ancillary medical staff attended specialized lectures through the St. Luke’s Healthcare Academy.

L-R: NAC AVP for Health Dr. Bimbo S. Almonte, SLMCFI President Dr. Benjamin Campomanes, Jr., Eastern Samar Provincial Governor Ben P. Evardone

“For me, the more special portion of this aside from doing the surgery was actually doing the lectures, because if you just go to one place do the surgeries, the consultations and leave, it feels like it’s just a one-time thing that you’re able to do, but if you help the ones that are left behind, make them equipped medically with knowledge of the specialty, then they will be able to carry on the treatment necessary for the specialty,” said Head of St. Luke’s Medical Center’s ENT Department Dr. Allan Carpela.

“When the Office of the Governor asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, we received a
notification last week to ask an authority to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NAC and the St. Luke’s Team, agad-agad binigay namin, dahil sobrang galak kami na andito kayo na tutulong sa amin para sa mabuting kalusugan ng mga tao sa Eastern Samar,” said Eastern Samar Vice Governor Maria Caridad S. Goteesan.

The goal of the partnership between NACFI and SLMCFI is to bring St. Luke’s Medical Center’s culture of care and expertise to those underserved by the public healthcare system.

“Isa sa mga mahahalagang nakita namin ay ang pakikipagugnayan sa kalusugan na
napakaimportante sa aming mga stakeholders, ang kalusugan sa mga pamayanan kung nasaan may operations ang Nickel Asia at ang mga programang ito ay nagpatunay na isa ito sa ugnayan ng industriya at pamayanan,” said NAC AVP for Community Relations Reynaldo Dela Rosa.

This mission is one of NAC’s ways of contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3 which is the promotion of good health and well-being for all.

“Mula rito, umaasa po kami ng patuloy na pakikipagtulungan upang makapaghatid ng serbisyong medical kasama ang aming partner, ang St. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation, Inc.,” said NAC AVP for Health Dr. Bimbo S. Almonte.| – BNN

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