DAVAO CITY – Government-owned hospital Southern Philippines Mindanao Center (SPMC) received brand new first-of-a-kind burn treatment machine from Davao del Norte Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. on March 26.
The P2.9 million Humeca Meek Graft Machine and Dermatomein burn treatment machine is a highly- specialized burn treatment machine is now operational at the Burn Center Unit of SPMC under the supervision of Dr. Rizal D. Aportadera.
The center caters not only to burn patients from Davao Region but the entire island of Mindanao and some parts of the Visayas Region.
The machine is the first in the Philippines and is believed very effective because the affected burn wounds are closing twice as fast and it can decrease infections twice as much compared to other machines. It is also considered a highly specialized machine because MEEK is mainly used for patients that suffer more than 30% total Body Surface Area burns.
MEEK is suitable for patients with 5% – 20% TBSA burns wherein in most cases, 40 to 50% less donor sites have to be used and these same donor sites could be used again within two weeks.
Floirendo is hopeful that the machine could help more patients not just from Davao del Norte but also from other parts of Mindanao that seeks treatment in the island’s primary government hospital.
Floirendo said no government money was used in the purchase of the said machine.
The donation was conceptualized by Junior Chamber International Kadayawan in 2016 former president Cathy Binag.
Vice Director of the burn center Dr. Arnulfo Enriquez Mapayo initially approached Floirendo to sponsor the purchase of the machine thru the Junior Chamber International Kadayawan’s flagship project entitled “Lamdag sa Kabataan tugon ng Kadayawan”.