SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go attended the launch of the 65th Malasakit Center at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City on Monday.
Before the launch, Go witnessed the signing ceremony of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Malasakit Center Act of 2019 that was held in the same institute.
In his speech, Go, Senate Health Committee chair, told the crowd present at the launch of the Malasakit Center in the country’s premier kidney center that, finally, the program is already accessible to patients there.
He said, “Ngayon, mayroon na kayong Malasakit Center. Ang Malasakit Center, sa inyo iyan. Ngayon, hindi na kayo magpalaboy-laboy pa para humingi ng tulong. Ngayon, nasa loob na ng NKTI.”
The senator emphasized that it is the people’s money that is being used in many programs of the government, and that it should be given back to the Filipinos through more accessible government services, like the Malasakit Center.
“Sa totoo naman, pera niyo ito. Hindi na kailangan lumabas pa para humingi ng tulong. Dito na (ang Malasakit Center) sa loob (ng NKTI). Dito na rin ang processing,” Go said in an interview.
He added, “Huwag na nating pahirapan ang mga pasyente. Ito ‘yung mga panahon na litong-lito na sila at wala silang mahingian ng tulong, at magpapainit pa diyan (sa labas) para humingi ng tulong. Tayo na ang pumunta at lumapit para tumulong sa kanila.”
Go mentioned in his speech that the government will push through with its plans in strengthening NKTI to perform liver operations addressing liver problems particularly pediatric biliary atresia.
“Plano natin magpadala ng mga doktor sa Taiwan para mag-aral. Ang gagaling ng mga doktor natin dito sa Pilipinas. ‘Yung mga bata na gustong magpa-liver transplant, di na kailangang pumunta sa India. Dito na po sa Pilipinas para may mag-aalaga sa kanila,” Go explained.
The NKTI is a tertiary specialty center attached to the Department of Health (DoH) which focuses on service, training, and research in the field of renal diseases and organ transplantation. The center’s mandate is to specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and treatment of kidney and allied diseases through dialysis and transplantation.
“Kapag andito tayo sa Pilipinas, pwedeng tumulong PCSO, PAGCOR, PhilHealth, DoH, DSWD. Kapag sa ibang bansa, mahirapan kayo. Kapag may mangyari, mahirapan pa kayo umuwi, walang pilitan po ito kung may kapasidad na po tayo dito. Dito na lang po tayo, tangkilikin natin ang sariling atin,” the senator added.
This comes after several instances where both President Rodrigo Duterte and the Senator have financially helped infants who have biliary atresia to be operated in India.
Meanwhile, in an ambush interview, Go told reporters how important the IRR is for the Malasakit Center program which was signed into law by President Duterte on December 2019.
“Salamat po. Napaka-importante po ng IRR ng Malasakit Center. Ngayon po, it will be fully implemented at may susundin na silang criteria dahil ayaw natin na kulang-kulang o bungi-bungi ang ating mga Malasakit Centers,” Go said.