MANILA BUYS 10 DIALYSIS MACHINES FOR TONDO HOSPITAL
MANILA CITY – The city government of Manila has acquired 10 additional dialysis machines in order to cater to the increasing number of patients suffering from kidney ailments in the hospital, local reports said.
Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada said the newly installed dialysis machines at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) shall provide free and quality dialysis treatment as part of the local government’s medical expansion program.
The new machines, worth P1.2 million each, came from Germany. The acquisition was made possible through a joint venture agreement between the city government and B. Braun Avitum Phils.
Estrada said he chose GABMMC as the city’s dialysis center because of its proximity to Tondo, Manila’s poorest district. The hospital’s dialysis center started with only 26 dialysis machines four years ago.
“Kidney dialysis is so expensive, and only a few can afford to go to private hospitals so it is the duty of the city government to help and support its constituents. I have ordered the expansion of the dialysis center at the medical center to ease the financial burden of many Manileños,” Estrada said during a simple ceremony at GABMMC.
“The average cost of dialysis treatment is nearly P3,000 and it can even go as high as P4,000 in major private hospitals. And that is only for one session. Each patient need at least three times a week,” he added.