Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada provided additional dialysis machines at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) in Delpan, Tondo, Manila, to accommodate the rising number of patients afflicted with kidney and other similar diseases.
The Manila chief executive said 10 brand-new dialysis machines were installed at the GABMMC to provide free and quality dialysis treatment to more Manileños suffering from kidney illnesses such as end-stage renal disease but do not have the financial means to avail themselves of the much needed procedure.
In a simple ceremony at the GABMMC, Estrada said the project was made possible through a joint-venture agreement between the City of Manila and B. BRAUN AVITUM PHILS., as part of the continuing free medical assistance to poor and deprived Manileños.
“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.
He also cited that during his term as President of the Republic of the Philippines, Estrada observed that there were long queues in almost government hospitals waiting for dialysis treatment.
“This prompted me to initiate a project to help thousands of Filipinos, not just Manileños to have quality medical treatment such as providing dialysis machines,” Estrada said.
He said 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 needs at least three times a week,” he said.
Estrada said many families survive from the daily minimum wage and it would be impossible for them to avail of such expensive services.
The project started four years ago with just 26 dialysis machines but now, the GABMMC has 71 machines enough to accommodate 100 to 200 patients a day.