San Pablo City, Laguna—The Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) has donated a 10-Dialysis Machine and InterRed system upon the initiative and effort of Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones after requesting the office of PITC CEO Usec. Dave Almarinez.
Located beside the San Pablo General Hospital, the dialysis center helps the effort of LGU San Pablo City and Mayor Loreto Amben Amante to allocate resources toward the center.
Almarinez said: “We give priority to our kababayan Laguñeno for this project because I am a former 1st district board member of Laguna. Now this is the first dialysis unit and center found in all Calabarzon, so that we no longer need to proceed to manila to partake this facility. This is now in San Pablo City thanks to the effort of our office and the LGU.”
Rep. Aragones said: “We have tried to find a way to get this system, and thanks to the help of Usec. Dave Almarinez, this is it. We got a 10-dialysis machine coming from the good office of Usec. Dave, our pride of Laguna and one of the trusted officers of the President Rodrigo Duterte.”
San Pablo and Mayor Amante also thanked the support of Almarinez for building the facility.
Meanwhile, Department of Health inspectors have been making the rounds of hospitals located in communities under a state of calamity due to the spike in dengue cases, to inspect whether fast lanes are in place, and ascertain the prepositioning of blood supplies, intravenous fluids, rapid diagnostic/test kits, and medical supplies for dengue patients.
Undersecretary Enrique Domingo told a media conference that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was originally scheduled to come to Laguna but was called to Iloilo City and Antique in Western Visayas where a state of calamity was also raised in the wake of soaring dengue cases.
“We have closely watched regions and those that declared (a) state of calamity in view of the dengue outbreak, like Cavite, Iloilo City and Antique in Western Visayas as the disease peaks during this month and August,” Domingo said.
He underscored the need for closer collaboration between the DOH and LGUs to help expedite the delivery of health services, especially during the current disease outbreak.
Domingo also disclosed that besides the DOH, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Health Cluster had convened last week with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Red Cross, and Department of Social Welfare and Development, and that cluster members were mobilized to help address the disease outbreak. With PNA