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Rotary Club of Dumaguete puts up Dialysis-Aid program

by Rachelle Nessia

Cebu City (18 December) -- The Rotary club of Dumaguete has approved a program to help kidney patients at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital Dialysis Center by reducing the cost of dialysis treatment.

The program, Dialysis-Aid Project, will subsidize the cost of a dialyzer by more than half by selling it at P500 each to a patient. The dialyzer is a machine equipped with semipermeable membrane and used for performing dialysis. It normally costs P1,300 in the market.

Club President and Valencia Mayor Jun Gonzalez Jr said Rotary Club of Dumaguete will continue to implement programs that will truly matter to the lives of people, especially the less fortunate sector of society.

RC-Dumaguete formally launched the program last November 13 during the club visit of District Gov. Fernando "Jun" Almeda, who visited club projects, including the dialysis center at the Negros Oriental Provncial Hospital and distributed free dialyzers to patients.

The NOPH Dialysis Center, established in 1997, is also a project of the Rotary Club of Dumaguete and is getting equipment support from the Rotary Club of Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

RCD established the center following numerous demand for such facility from dialysis patients. Dr. Kenneth Coo, nephrologists and dialysis center consultant, said there is an increasing number of people in the province in need of dialysis treatment. The center now caters to not less than 50 patients a month.

DG. Almeda, who also visited the Talay Mental Rehabilitation Center during the day, lauded Rotary Club of Dumaguete for undertaking both projects.

"It speaks volume of your commitment to help others. You give hope where others see it a hopeless situation?where others thrown their back, you are there to make their life better," Almeda said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health has fielded out medical teams with ambulances together with 20 trucks with personnel and relief goods contributed by the Armed Forces of the Philipinnes for the 200-vehicle Mayon Mercy Mission.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today ordered the organization of a 200-vehicle convoy to bring much-needed relief and medical aid to the victims of typhoon "Reming," especially in the Bicol area. It will be known as the Malaca? to Mayon Mercy Mission. (PIA) [top]

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