THE Iloilo City Government and West Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) signed July 19, 2017 the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the transport and installation of a heart diagnostic machine from the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) in Quezon City to WVMC in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Dr. Joseph Dean Nicolo, WVMC chief, signed the MOA at Iloilo City Hall.
Mabilog said the city government will shoulder the cost of the transport and re-installation of one unit of cardiac catheterization machine, Allura FD 10/10 donated by PHC to WVMC.
The diagnostic machine examines how well one’s heart is working through a procedure called cardiac catheterization (cardiac catch or heart cat), wherein a thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart.
The transport and re-installation costs P2.2 million.
Per MOA, the amount will cover the hauling-out, loading and shoring of cargoes into trucks, pickup/delivery from PHC to Nichols Air Base, unloading from trucks, loading to C130 aircraft, pull out, loading, lashing and shoring of cargoes into trucks, pick up/delivery from Iloilo International Airport to hospital; unloading, uncrating to positing into designated area; assist in the installation of the machine.
The PHC has adopted satellite heart centers which will be allowed and encouraged to carry PHC brand to inspire confidence among regional patients on the quality of cardiovascular care.
The Regional Heart Center – Iloilo will be based at WVMC.
Mabilog said Iloilo City residents are set to benefit from the use of cardiac catheterization machine.
“This is a big help to Iloilo City residents who have heart problems, especially in finances; moreover, it will decongest the PHC, and the patients of family will have opportunity to give emotional and mental support to their patients,” Mabilog said.
Nicolo, on his part, said if everything goes according to plan, WVMC will have a dry-run operation of the machine in December.
He said heart patients who are indigents can benefit from the machine, not only those from the City but also those from Iloilo and other Panay provinces.
Dr. May Delmo, City Health Office (CHO) assistant director, cardio vascular diseases (CVD) is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in the city.
Delmo said that through early detection can facilitate early prevention of the disease.
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