Kidney Institute proposed in Cebu

CEBU City health consultant Dr. Mary Jean Loreche welcomes the bill of South District Representative Eduardo "Edu" Rama that seeks the creation of a Kidney Institute in Cebu.

In a statement sent to SunStar Cebu, Loreche lauded Rama's proposal that may soon provide accessible healthcare to Cebuanos.

Loreche said chronic kidney and other related diseases are among the top 10 causes of morbidity and mortality in the country.

Rama's bill also aims to equip and maintain the integrated medical institution that will specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and rehabilitation of kidney disease and allied diseases.

Currently, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City, Metro Manila is the only government-owned and -controlled corporate tertiary specialty center for the referral of kidney patients from various regional hospitals in the country.

"We are positive that we can get the support of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos himself has called for the establishment of more specialized healthcare facilities outside of Metro Manila. We must increase the accessibility of these specialized facilities to our constituents," said Rama.

According to Loreche, patients in Cebu and neighboring provinces won’t have to go to Metro Manila to get treatment if Cebu has its own specialty center. This will allow those who are in need to save time and money, she said.

Under Rama’s bill, an indigent package shall be formulated that will prioritize patients who reside in Cebu.

The bill has been pending with the committee on health since August of this year. (IRT/With PR)