After getting treatment at PPH’s Dialysis Center
Patient does not want to go back to private hospital
LINGAYEN --- Sergio Saura, a 46 year old renal patient of the Mayor Julian Resuello Dialysis Center of the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City has expressed deep gratitude to Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. and Mayor Julier Resuello of San Carlos City for their initiative in putting up a dialysis center in Pangasinan.
Saura, who made the statement during the 1st year anniversary of the Dialysis Center last July 28 in Bolingit, San Carlos City said the center is one of the modern centers he had ever known of.
Full with good words and praises, he said that the center applies modern techniques and procedures for the treatment of patients which are the same with those used in the United States and Europe although the techniques are not yet in the Philippines.
The dialysis center Saura said has an automated machine, a machine that cleans the dialyzers for reuse which is not manual like in other clinics even as he lauded the highly trained nursing and biomed staff who according to him, are hardworking, dedicated and diligent with their work.
Saura is a doctor by profession from Mangatarem town who was diagnosed to have chronic renal failure secondary to diabetes mellitus. He started having dialysis treatment in 2007 until the dialysis center in San Carlos City opened. He was invited to dialyze at the center, but he said that, at first, he did not want to be treated at the provincial hospital in Bolingit because of its poor and deteriorating condition.
When he tried having treatment at the dialysis center in San Carlos City because the clinic where he used to go had become inaccessible due to typhoon Pepeng last year, all his negative impressions against the provincial government facility had been changed. Since he started having treatment here, he did not want to go back anymore to the private hospital where he used to have his dialysis treatment.
Meanwhile, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has called for the continuous support of all the doctors, nurses, midwives and other hospital staff especially to those who have been sacrificing to give service at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital and the Dialysis Center in San Carlos City.
Gov. Espino said he was happy and proud that in the entire Philippines, it is only the province of Pangasinan that has this kind of facility.
The Governor likewise expressed gratitude to Mayor Julier Resuello and the city government of San Carlos which provided a P15-million fund for the construction of the center.
Gov. Espino said “it is a dream fulfilled for indigents who cannot afford the high cost of renal treatment.”
It will be recalled that the establishment of the first-ever dialysis center started through the Bridge of Life DaVita Medical Mission whose advocacy was to promote and provide quality health care in third world countries.
While DaVita Corporation based in Los Angeles, California, through its Bridge of Life Foundation donated the brand new dialysis machines and a water treatment plant for the center, provided the funds for the building construction.
DaVita also provided technical assistance and a steady supply of free medicines in the center’s first six months of operation.
Dr. Jackson Soriano, PPH Chief of Hospital said the dialysis center started operations last year with only five patients. At present, the number of patients has increased to 95.
After a year of operation, the center still provides good quality care and service where the patients are given utmost care and importance.(PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)