A dialysis center will soon be available at the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Balamban town as the Cebu Provincial Government is set to transfer its dialysis center from SM City Seaside.
“So, soon duna nata’y Dialysis Center ngadto sa provincial hospital nato sa Balamban. And we intend to replicate that in the other provincial hospitals,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said.
Earlier, the governor requested that the Province of Cebu be included in the DOH-Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) Hemodialysis Package to serve its renal patients amidst Covid-19 pandemic.
Her request was approved by the Department of Health (DOH) which led to the opening of the dialysis center at SM City Seaside on August 14, 2020.
The SM Prime Holdings, Inc. offered a space for free within its premises for the installation of the DOH-HFEP Hemodialysis Units as part of their “public service endeavors during the pandemic” for free until December 31 based on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) they signed.
Under the MOA, the operation of the satellite dialysis center in SM Seaside as well as deployment of the needed health personnel are taken care of by the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).
It also shouldered the operational costs, water and power utilities, as well as other dues not shouldered by SM.
The Capitol, on the other hand, transferred the possession and allowed the use of the 10 DOH-HFEP hemodialysis units to VSMMC for the operation of the satellite hemodialysis center.
It maintained the ownership and accountability of the equipment, and shoulder the costs of corrective/preventive maintenance and repairs of the hemodialysis units in case of breakdown.
Putting up a dialysis center was an initiative of Garcia at the height of the pandemic so the residents of the Province of Cebu will no longer go to Cebu City hospitals wherein high number of Covid-19 positives were recorded.
For 2021, Garcia said the Province has set aside a considerable amount for health services alongside continuous upgrade in hospital infrastructure and personnel.
“We are opening up positions for doctors and nurses and we know that there are many that would wish to work with government now kay mas dagko kaayo’g sweldo sa gobyerno para sa atong mga health workers,” she said.
The Capitol is also working closely with the DOH in upgrading the infrastructure, the governor added.
Garcia will upgrade the levels of Cebu’s provincial hospitals and identify other district hospitals that have potential for growth. (Mylen Manto)