Issue of June 10, 2018
Mt. Province

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More dialysis machines to be installed in BGH kidney ctr
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center is planning to put up a three-story building that will soon cater exclusively to patients suffering from kidney failures.

Dr. Virginia B. Mangati, medical specialist III at the Department of Internal Medicine of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, said Thursday that the building targeted for completion in three years, will serve as BGHMC’s dialysis center and is planned to house 100 dialysis machines.

She said the establishment of a kidney center is in response to the continuously increasing number of individuals having kidney failure.

Mangati said the BGHMC currently has 630 adult kidney patients on dialysis, and the number has been increasing every year. The hospital now serves an average of 30 to 40 new patients being admitted every month, with the highest number of admission at 10 new patients in one day.

“For now, we are overloaded. We feel bad at times when we there are patients we can no longer accommodate,” Mangati said in a press conference last week.

She said BGHMC not only caters to patients from the Cordillera but also those from nearby provinces and regions, who choose to come here because of the low cost of (our services).

On the national scale, kidney failure cases have increased four-fold, which is the reason why more hospitals in the country are now building dialysis centers. The leading cause of kidney failure nationwide is diabetes.

In the Cordillera, the leading cause remains to be hypertension, which is considered a lifestyle disease, reason why Mangati said prevention of acquiring the illness will greatly depend on a person’s discipline and lifestyle.

She said kidney disease is irreversible. “Stages 1 and 2 are preventable, but if you have reached stage 3 up to stage 5, that disease is already progressive. If you are hypertensive, diabetic, and has a history of renal failure in the family, keeping the disease from getting worse will depend on one’s determination to do the same, such as when it entails changing patterns towards a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

With June declared as National Kidney Month, Mangati reminded the public to take care of their kidneys. “Kidney disease, once it progressed, will lead to kidney failure. It will be an economic burden to the person and to the family.”

The planned dialysis center is part of the ongoing developments at the BGHMC, which includes the construction of at least 10 buildings where among others will house its upgraded Outpatient Department, Psychiatric Complex, Cancer Center Phase II, Isolation and Infectious Disease Center, new Emergency Room, Diagnostic Center, Medical Arts building, PhilHealth ward, Orthopedic Ward, new ward building, and a pay parking building.

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