Free dialysis serviced up to 100 Ilocanos


Sep. 12, 2019 ...

The two-day free dialysis treatment activity of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, the Department of Health, Office of Senator Imee R. Marcos, and the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) has already served nearly one hundred patients.

The dialysis treatment, which started yesterday, September 11, is one of the highlights of 102nd birth anniversary celebration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who was also a dialysis and a kidney transplant patient.

Beneficiaries thank Marcos clan for medical support 

Mrs. Beatrice Caluya, 60 years old, who has a chronic kidney disease (CKD), took the opportunity to avail the service upon learning the free dialysis treatment at MMMH&MC in Batac City.

Because of her disease, Caluya carries a burden not only on her health condition but also on her financial capabilities.  

"Gayak na gayak ako noong nalaman kong may libreng dialysis. Hindi kasi sapat ang aking PhilHealth kaya kung kulang na ang aming perawala na akong pang-dialysis," she shared.

Since 2013, she has been undergoing treatment, spending almost Php 8,000 in a week for a three-time session. Thus, Caluya is thankful for this initiative of the Marcos family.

"Governor [Marcos Manotoc], malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa handog ng inyong pamilya na free dialysis. Nawa'y magpatuloy pa ang pagtulong niyo sa amin," she expressed. 

Laoag City resident, Mr. Ricardo Palting, 51 years old, also started his renal treatment three years ago. He was diagnosed with stage 4 CKD.

"Masaya kami kasi tumutulong pa rin ang pamilya ni President Marcos, 'yong mga anak niya at si Governor Matthew [Marcos Manotoc.] Dahil sa mga serbisyong binibigay nila, kahit papaano ay naiibsan ang aming mga karamdaman.

"Salamat sa pamilya Marcos. Nawa'y humaba pa ang inyong buhay at patuloy na mabuti ang inyong kalusugan," he tearfully expressed as he was waiting for his turn in the hemodialysis ward.

Boosting its campaign for improved healthcare services, the Provincial Government, headed by Governor Marcos Manotoc, continues to provide free medical services and treatment, especially to the less privileged.

"We commit to further develop our province by investing in the health of our people. Our people will always be our greatest asset and strength. Salun-at a sigurado, umili produktibo (A healthy community leads to a more progressive citizenry)," Governor Marcos Manotoc remarked during his inaugural address last July.