By Dr. Ivan Singzon
March 11, 2016
“I was in prison and you came to visit me… I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brother of mine, you did for me.”
Dra. Luisa Ticzon Puyat, a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society (The society of licensed and board certified dermatologist in the Philippines since 1952) graciously gave of her time and volunteered to be a dermatologist to treat prisoners at the Muntinlupa Bilibid Prison. She has been on numerous medical and disaster relief missions, but this was her first time to be at a medical mission in a prison. She says she was scared to be there but she was calmed down because the prisoners were warm to her and were grateful to see a doctor who could treat their skin diseases.
This is the first time that most of the prisoners were able to consult with a dermatologist. Dra. Luisa truly made a difference in their lives. She treated each of the prisoners with heart felt love and compassion. Every prisoner she treated said “Maraming salamat Po Doktora”.
Dra. Luisa treated a little over 45 prisoners — their cases ranged from lichen simplex chronicus, bacterial and fungal infections, scabies, and contact dermatitis. She also diagnosed a case of basal cell carcinoma, which she referred to a government hospital for further work up and management. She would like to invite her colleagues to also visit the prisoners of Bilibid Prison and to donate medications to their infirmary that is under supplied.