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Defensor orders close look into dialysis center proposal


ILOILO – Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. has created a committee that will look closely into the proposal to establish a dialysis center in the Province of Iloilo.

This developed after the Fremont Renal Care and Medical Clinic submitted an unsolicited proposal to build a ten-unit dialysis center at Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan town.

The center, which will cost P15 million, will be established under a Build-Operate-Transfer Scheme as provided under Republic Act 7718 or the BOT Law.

Freemont intends to operate the center for 35 years and then transfer the facility to the IPH after the end of the concession period.

The committee is composed of Provincial Legal Officer Dennis Ventilacion, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Mario Nillos, Provincial Health Officer Patricia Grace Trabado, and Iloilo Provincial Hospital chief Dr. Prem Parcon.

The team is also tasked to scrutinize whether the proposal complies with the requirements of the law before a contract is drafted and submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Fremont’s proposal developed due to the emerging need for more dialysis centers in the province.

The firm’s feasibility study also disclosed that there is a projected demand for 61,048 dialysis sessions for new patients by 2014.

The proposed ten-unit dialysis center will have an initial placement of six machines – one for isolation and five stations for general area.

At present, there are only 59 units of dialysis machines in Iloilo City. By 2015, another medical firm is expected to procure five more dialysis machines, making the total to 64 units.

With the increasing number of patients needing dialysis, the inclusion of six new machines from the proposed facility can satisfy 64 percent of the projected demand.

Aside from the machines, the proponent also wishes to provide a waiting or rest area, adequate parking space, laboratory ancillary services and emergency accommodation, if necessary. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)

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