KPH readies operation of dialysis center

TABUK CITY, Kalinga- – To provide kidney failure patients with access to dialysis treatment within the city, the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) will open its institution-based dialysis center this October.

The dialysis center, an added facility of KPH, is made possible through the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) of Department of Health (DOH) with the goal of improving the delivery of basic, essential, as well as specialized health services by making health facilities more advanced to make it more responsive to the needs of people.

The DOH Central Office will provide the dialysis machines while the provincial government allocated P8M for the construction of the building to house it.

Raymond Palicas, KPH administrative officer, said that the dialysis center, located at the back of the Ambigaton Pharmacy will have 10 machines and is expected to be used by kidney failure patients in the province.

He also said that the dialysis center, measuring 15×24 square meters, will also feature a nurse area, waiting station, doctor’s quarter, a diagnostic laboratory, and will operate 24/7 and cater to emergency dialysis procedures.

Palicas also mentioned that as part of the mandatory requirements before a License To Operate is issued by the DOH, the KPH will hire a nephrologist on a contract of service, four dialysis nurses while two of their current nurse staffs will be trained for dialysis.

‘’The hospital will not charge our patients with any amount for the procedure and will make it sure that all laboratory procedures needed by them such as complete blood count (CBC), serum creatinine, electrolytes check and Hepa profiling will be available,” he informed.

Palicas also said that they are now working on the needed documents for their accreditation with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhiHealth).

‘’KPH is aware that kidney failure cases in the province are increasing and this dialysis center will offer immense help for patients undergoing lifetime dialysis treatment. They need not to go to other dialysis centers situated outside the city because KPH has same exact services and is ready to offer the best treatment possible,’’ he ended.

Asked why just now that KPH has built a dialysis center, Palicas replied that budgetary requirement is the biggest consideration in the upgrading of medical facilities. This means that huge financial resource must be available to support construction expenses and wages of additional workforce. He also said that the situation was aggravated by the absence of nephrologist in the province.

Meanwhile, Frances Reggie Ramirez, a nurse at the Provincial Health Office (PHO), said that 39 patients had been undergone dialysis treatment in 2016.

The figure does not include those suffering from kidney failure but who are not able to get treatment.

She also disclosed that there were 31 deaths in 2016 due to kidney-related diseases which ranked the 4th leading cause of mortality in the province.

Ramirez said that their office has no exact figure yet as to kidney failure cases for this year but certainly, the figure is close to 39.

Seventeen-year-old Roneliani Istak from Malin-awa of this city who endures a twice weekly dialysis treatment was thankful for the coming of the dialysis center in KPH which she described as a great relief.

Istak, in a text message, confirmed her transfer to KPH once the center is operational. By By Darwin S. Serion

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