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Pangasinan soon to open dialysis center

Dagupan City (23 June) -- A dialysis center that will cater especially to indigent patients will soon open at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in barangay Bolingit in San Carlos City.

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., who visited the facility last Saturday, sounded optimistic for its opening this month. "Within the month of June we will inaugurate our very own dialysis center," he said. The center was named after the late Mayor Julian "Jolly" Resuello, whose son, Julier, is now the city mayor.

The city government donated P15 million for the construction of the building that will house the dialysis machines, which were donated by the US-based Da Vita Corporation through its Bridge of Life Foundation. The 15 machines already arrived last Sunday, the governor disclosed.

Interestingly, Espino and Resuello, who accompanied the governor in the site visit, were celebrating their birthdays on that day.

The governor said that the provincial hospital will charge only a maximum fee of P3,000 per session, much lower than the P7,000 charged by private hospitals. "Sigurado akong di tataas ng P3,000 ang bayad sa dialysis," he said.

Da Vita originally pledged 12 machines but eventually sent three more.

Espino also bared that two more units were donated by a civic group from Bayambang town. Each machine, which can accommodate three to four patients a day, costs more than a million pesos.

It will be recalled that in his State of the Province Address, Espino said that health care would be the barometer of his success as governor.

The province has the highest number of enrollees with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in Region 1 including 140,000 indigent families. It is only second to Cebu nationwide. (DOS/PIA Pangasinan/PIO) [top]

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