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Davao hospital to augment capacity to address behavioral lifestyle disease

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (9 July) -- The Davao Medical Center is augmenting its capacity to address diseases caused by behavioral lifestyle.

Dr. Leopoldo J. Vega, chief of hospital of DMC in an interview on Tuesday said unlike in the 50s where the leading causes of death are caused by infectious diseases, most of the diseases nowadays are caused by behavioral lifestyle such as diabetes, hyper tension, heart and kidney ailment.

Vega said people has controlled infections because of good antibiotics but the deadly diseases now are due to lifestyle pattern that people adopt.

"And we have many cases of that diseases admitted here at DMC," he said.

Vega said they are also making DMC as Center for Kidney Problems and Center for Heart Problems.

He said that at these centers, doctors and other health personnel could carry out good treatment, the center being a good institute and likewise could do measures for whatever heart problem and kidney diseases of the patient.

At the DMC, he said it is located at the Mindanao Heart Center and has the capacity of diagnosing the patient on the kind of their heart ailment.

"The center has the capacity to do heart surgery or andioplasty and other related treatment," he said.

Meanwhile, he said DMC also offered a good kind of kidney treatment and is equipped with 35 dialysis machines.

They wanted to expand the services even as Vega said that they had a tie up with a private corporation, the manufacturer of US made Fresencio dialysis machine.

The partnership is ongoing and they want to add more machines making a total of 65 dialysis machines that will service the people of the region.

The company, he said as part of the agreement will also put up the building where the machines will be deployed, the arrangement of which DMC will get a portion of the rental the clients pay every session.

But Vega stressed that all transaction whether on purchase or based on agreement must follow the procurement law where bidding has to be followed first.

DMC is a tertiary hospital with authorized bed capacity of 400 but the occupancy rate has doubled the capacity as the current number of patients is pegged at 875.

He said they are operating more than the capacity and that to meet the work load of their plantilla workers numbering 675 it is is beimg complemented with detail employees from the Davao City government and congressional offices.

"What is good with this hospital is that the community is the one supporting its operation," he said.

The DMC also receives fund allocations from other Senators and Congressmen mostly coming from Mindanao.

The congressional allocations are voluntary contributions of the congressmen that will be accessed by the members of their district once confined at DMC.

"I think this is the best kind of template where the concern of the central government is taken over by the community," he said.

In 2007 alone, he said they were able to receive funding support from Senators and Congressmen amounting to about P25 million and Vega said they would expect an increase of the allocation this year saying that for the first six months in 2008 about P12 million was already given to the DMC.

Their operating expense fund of P57 million is not enough Vega said and this amount would only be enough for three months operation.

However, he said, they source out other funds from other sources like from their share of PhilHealth, from sales of medicine of the pharmacy, and through X-ray and Laboratory, and CT Scan.

With regards to the medicine they sell through "Murang Gamot" their margin of profit is only at 10 percent compared from private run pharmacies where they earn about 40 to 50 percent. (PIA) [top]

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