The welfare of employees is crucial in any organization as it affects their productivity and the organization’s growth.
Concern for its employees and their dependents prompted SM through the SM Foundation to initiate a medical/dental and diagnostic mission in SM malls scheduled every quarter of the year in pre-determined malls.
At the Trade Hall of SM City Pampanga, SM employees and their dependents recently trooped to avail of services being provided during the medical/dental and diagnostic mission. It is the third of such kind held for their benefit.
Program partners for the medical/dental and diagnostic mission were the Philippine Red Cross, Department of Health, DSWD, KapwaKo Mahal Ko, and Watsons. Also lending support were Ideal Vision and the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists, Inc.
Representing KapwaKo, Mahal Ko was former Senator Orly Mercado who shared that the role of KapwaKo, Mahal Ko is on patient navigation and management. Through the public affairs program, continuity of what has been achieved in the medical mission is assured. Mercado said to a certain extent, a medical mission has its own fault. No continuity is provided. KapwaKo, MahalKo provides the continuity.
While other entities conduct their own medical missions, SM Foundation’s is comprehensive in nature. Aside from the various medical specialists available to extend assistance, the pharmacy boasts of medicines to be given to patients as prescribed by the doctors.
Project Manager Albert Uy shared that SM Foundation allots budget to purchase the medicines to augment donations coming from pharmaceutical companies.The list of medicines in the pharmacy are regularly updated per doctors’ recommendations. The Foundation sees to it that there is adequate supply of medicines and that the complete dose of medicines including antibiotics are given. This unburdens the patients from buying their medication.
Among the services offered during the medical mission were Medical Consultation, ENT Consultation, Ophthalmology Consultation, Optometry Consultation, Dermatology Consultation, OB-Gyne Consultation, Papsmear, Minor Surgery, Dental Extraction, Bone Screening, X-Ray, ECG and Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (sugar, cholesterol, uric acid and hemoglobin levels). Minor surgery was also conducted to 14 patients. A total of 1,737 patients were served.