Kidney institute in Cebu sought

October 25, 2019

A PARTY-LIST congressman has sought to establish the Visayas Kidney Institute (VKI) in Cebu City to bring specialized medical services closer to kidney patients in the Visayas region and improve the delivery of health care services there.

Ako Bisaya Rep. Sonny Lagon said VKI will be patterned after the National  Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City, which is one of  the leading medical institutions in Asia that provide quality medical  services for the treatment of kidney diseases.

Lagon said patients from the provinces are burdened with  additional expenses when they seek treatment at the NKTI.

“Further, the institution is constantly saddled with a long list of  patients that grow every year. Hence, it is ideal that a similar  institution be established in the Visayas to enhance access to  specialized medical services for kidney patients,” said Lagon whose  party-list group is allied with Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) led by House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez as  president.

Lagon explained that kidney diseases, especially End Stage Renal  Disease, are the 7th leading cause of death among Filipinos.

Citing data from the NKTI, Lagon said it showed that 20 percent of  Filipinos were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, based on the  glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which measures kidney function.

“Presently, there are around 70,000 patients on dialysis, with  thousands on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, but only 400  are able to undergo transplantation annually,” Lagon lamented.

In calling for the swift passage of his proposal, Lagon cited the  constitutional mandate for the government to adopt an integrated and  comprehensive approach to health development.

“It is essential for the government to recognize that the increasing  cases of kidney diseases in the country pose serious threats to the  well-being of the people and the country’s productivity in general  considering the huge financial burden that the treatment of the disease entails,” said Lagon.