The provincial board has asked the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a kidney dialysis center at the Aborlan medicare hospital.
Board Member Albert Rama told Palawan News that the only dialysis center in Palawan located in Puerto Princesa is too far from many patients in the south who need to undergo dialysis.
“Marami ang nangangailangan ng dialysis. Kung magta-travel sila pagod na kaagad tapos ang mahal pa. Isa rin kasi ito sa cause ng mortality dito sa probinsya,” Rama said, noting that kidney failure is ranked among the top eight deadly illnesses in the province.
Also, he added, PhilHealth is not enough to sustain all the need of the patients.
“Although may PhiHealth, hindi naman ganoon ka sufficient. Physically hindi na natin maibsan ang suffering kaya doon na lang sana as travel cost, kahit papaano guminhawa naman sila,” he added.
He said they want to know if the establishment of another kidney dialysis facility in Aborlan can be sustained.
“Kailangan ma-sustain kasi may cost [ang mga equipment] kaya. Kung feasible bago tayo maglalagay ng equipment, hindi naman pwede maglagay agad tayo tapos hindi pala kaya,” Rama explained.
Dialysis is the process of blood purifying by removing waste and excess fluid. It is used to perform the function of the kidney for patients inflicted with kidney failure.