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By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, May 07, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia consults Philippine Society of Nephrology Cebu Chapter for inputs on how to handle the dialysis patients travelling to and from Cebu City for regular dialysis sessions. (Lito Tecson)

The Cebu Provincial Government is studying a “just, fair, and equitable” solution to address the needs of the 1,500 dialysis patients living in the province with regular dialysis sessions in Cebu City hospitals, and the worries of the residents in the province.

Initially set to take effect on Wednesday, May 6, the executive order (EO) on protocols for dialysis patients was held in abeyance as Governor Gwendolyn Garcia needed to hear the inputs from the Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN) Cebu Chapter and the mayors.

On that day, the governor met the nephrologists’ group led by its president Dr. Alexander Tan, who shared valuable inputs to handle the situation.

“Niingon naman unta ta nga mag halfway house unta ta diri, but other dialysis patients have very special needs. Kining tanan ato ning timbang-timbangon. Atong paminawon ang concern, ang kabalaka sa kadaghanan natong kaigsuonan nato sa kalungsuran, sa dakbayan sa Probinsya og ato usab tagaan og gibug-aton ang kahimtang sa matag dialysis patients,” Garcia said. 

If halfway house is not doable, the nephrologists suggested to allow the patients to go home to their respective residences after their regular session in Cebu City and be put on a 14-day home quarantine upon arrival.

Garcia said that if this will be implemented, the Provincial Government will establish protocols and a system of reporting to ensure that these protocols are properly followed.

The PSN Cebu will also link the Capitol to the different dialysis centers in Cebu City to know the scheduled sessions of each patient living in the province.

In a meeting on April 30, the city and municipal health officers raised their concerns on the vulnerability of the dialysis patients to the Covid-19 and their possibility of becoming carriers of the virus when they return to their hometowns.

“Now we have a very good idea sa number of patients gikan sa norte og gikan usab sa south. Amu ni tun-an og maayo ug naninguha ko nga makahimo ta’g Executive Order nga maka address, una sa tanan sa issue nga magsige og anhi diri (Cebu City) kay aron magpadialysis og muoli (in the province). Unya ang kahadlok usab sa katawhan,” Garcia said.

After meeting the nephrologists, the governor will hold a conference with the mayors per district to hear their feedbacks and insights to weigh-in all inputs before issuing an EO, aimed to be done within the week. (Mylen Manto)