The government- owned Ospital ng Palawan is in need of its own computerized tomography scan (CT scan) machine as many patients needs its services.
A CT scan machine makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray images taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional (tomographic) images (virtual ‘slices’) of specific areas of a scanned object.
Dr. Melecio Dy, hospital chief of ONP, said that they already requested the Department of Health for a unit of the equipment but until now there has been no response.
He said that only the Cooperative Hospital and the Adventist Hospital has CT scan units.
“It would be to the best interest of our patients if we have our own machine so we don’t have to worry that the condition of our patients will worsen,” Dy said.
It will also be less costly for the patient and the hospital, he pointed out.
“Kung titingnan namin sa trending masyado nang malaki ‘yung demand pati na rin ‘yung gastos namin kaya nag-decide kami na panahon na para mag-invest para sa CT scan” Dy added.
He admitted that it is “not easy to purchase a CT scan machine as it costs P20 million that’s why the DOH are still studying our request.”
“We cannot afford to buy the equipment on our own budget,” he said.