Dialysis services are expected to expand in Bataan as the Provincial Government led by Governor Albert Garcia inaugurated yesterday, February 17, the 1Bataan Malasakit Dialysis Assistance (1BMDA) Center in the municipality of Dinalupihan.
Joined by Dinalupihan Mayor Angela Garcia and other key government officials, Gov. Garcia cited that the facility is a first of its kind in the county since it will serve as a one-stop-shop assistance center for patients in Bataan who are regularly receiving dialysis treatment.
“With this new health facility, we can now cater to more patients who are in need of free Eposino and provide the dialyzer under one roof operating under a centralized system as we aim to lessen the burden of our patients who are struggling to receive healthcare services especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic,” the governor stressed.
“Dito po sa one-stop-shop, may call center tayo na pwede nilang tawagan kapag may schedule na po ng distribution ng gamot, kung kaya’t mas madali at sigurado po na uuwi sila na meron silang dala-dala para sa kanilang dialysis. Hindi na rin po sila kailangang pumunta sa maraming lugar, makipag-usap sa iba’t-ibang ahensya dahil dito na po nila pick up-in yung mga kailangan nilang mga gamot nang sa ganon ay mabawasan po yung kanilang ginagastos sa dialysis,” Gov. Abet added.
Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia on the other hand said, “On behalf of the Municipality of Dinalupihan, taus-puso po kaming nagpapasalamat dahil sa pagtutulungan, napakalaking serbisyo ang nabibigay natin sa ating mga kababayan hindi lamang po sa bayan ng Dinalupihan kundi sa lahat ng malapit dito sa ating bayan, kasi po ay gusto natin talagang mapahaba ang buhay nila.
Among the requirements needed to avail the services are updated medical abstract, prescription for Eposino and dialyzer, dialysis protocol, photocopy of a valid ID, and certificate of indigency.
The provincial government estimates that among the 1,400 patients in Bataan who will benefit from the Center, 200 of them are reported to be lacking access to this kind of healthcare service.
Aside from free dialysis, services in the facility also include processing of requests for the Special Assistance Program of the Provincial Government for indigent patients to cover their bills at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center and other government-owned hospitals.
Patients who will be admitted at the Dinalupihan District Hospital formerly Jose C. Payumo Memorial District Hospital, can also seek medical assistance in the facility.
Located in front of the said hospital, the 1BMDA Center, once fully operational can accommodate a maximum of 500 patients a day while strictly observing safety and health protocols.