Kidney patients up, Hemodialysis Center launched

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Hemodialysis units at Silliman University Medical Center

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The alarming increase of kidney failure or patients with end stage renal disease prompted the Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC) to expand to 24 the hemodialysis machines for patients in Negros Oriental needing dialysis services.

This was disclosed by both the nephrologist and administrator of SUMC, Dr. Roy Arco and Roberto Montebon, respectively in a recent blessing and dedication of the new Hemodialysis Center, in answer to the growing number of kidney patients which is also the national trend.

Montebon explained that the existing six machines acquired in 2012 operating 24 hours and seven days a week could not catch up with the demand of the rising number of patients suffering kidney disease.

Dr. Arco said that the leading cause of kidney failure is diabetes, followed by hypertension where the part of the kidney that helps filter waste and fluid in the blood is damaged.

Diabetes and hypertension are considered lifestyle illnesses, with the increasing trend of having   more patients suffering from these diseases, and they have one and two risk factors for kidney failure, stressed Dr. Arco.

He cited that diet or lifestyle change is the major factor of kidney disease, “because we have a lot of fast food chain with sodium-based food and fat content that create diabetes and hypertension”.

In the Philippines, around 12,000 per year new patients diagnose with end stage renal disease and still increasing and this may not include those are not able to get treatment, the doctor said.

The medical doctor noted that the growing number of patients needing for treatment per year is also due to government subsidy with PhilHealth to shoulder the cost of P225,000 per year for hemodialysis; and level of awareness that encourage them to undergo chemo.

However, Dr. Arco said that most of the patients’ average survival rate would last for two to three years due to its cost with P4,950 per session for new dialysis treatment.

“With the high expense, most of them cannot continue or comply with the two to three sessions a week of chemo dialysis procedure much more cannot take the medications,” he said.

But SUMC administrator Montebon said the amount per session could more likely go down because of government’s subsidy and discount charge for senior citizen, while for the less privileged they may ask PCSO or DSWD for assistance.

It is observed that Dumaguete City is the catch basin for patients coming from neighboring provinces of Siquijor, southern of Cebu, outskirts and boundaries of Negros Occidental, while Dapitan and Dipolog have already full chemo centers.

“Hemodialysis is one of the three treatments for patients with ends stage renal disease, supposedly the best treatment is kidney transplant but this is the least common because it’s so expensive and very difficult to look for kidney donor, and the third treatment is peritoneal dialysis, a home-based management which the government is pursuing,” explained Dr. Arco. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Oct. 17, 2016)


PCA braces vs ‘cocolisap’ coconut infestation in NegOr, Siquijor

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos


NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) here has intensified surveillance efforts against insect infestation commonly known as ‘cocolisap’ in the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Provincial Coconut Development Manager Brendan Trasmonte said PCA is undertaking heightened vigilance in coconut farm areas of the two provinces in the wake of alarming reports of coconut scale insect (CSI) or ‘cocolisap’ that infested Basilan province.

With this, the PCA local office has conducted massive information drive to coconut farmers and stakeholders to enhance public awareness.

However, Trasmonte said no incidence of CSI infestation (rigodus or destructor species) has been observed in the two provinces.

PCA has called on the public, particularly the coco farmers, to report any observation or actual incidence of pest infestation or damage to its local office through telefax no. (035)422-1539 or to any Coconut Development Office assigned in respective local government units (LGUs).

PCA field personnel are also enjoined to conduct continuing surveillance and information dissemination in all their respective areas of jurisdiction for early detection and containment, Trasmonte said,

PCA reported that Basilan is one of the top coconut producers in the country, with an annual production of 163.2 million metric tons of copra.

It is noted that cocolisap may multiply rapidly during the dry season.

These pests or coconut scale insects can damage leaves, fruits, stalks and branches cause stunt growth, defoliation and dieback. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Oct. 12, 2016)

Bais City commits funds for dengue cases

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

BAIS CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) — With more than 300 suspected dengue cases reported here, the Bais City government has now approved the quick response fund (QRF) to support the prevention and control measures of anti-dengue program in the city.

Mayor Mercy Goñi of Bais City said apart from the QRF, funds will be allocated for any assistance and supplies needed in the implementation of anti-dengue program of the City Health Office.

The local government has also donated to Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) P140,000 for  the poor residents to avail the blood screening for free, Goñi said.

“However, indigent residents who have dengue cases now will be provided with immediate cash assistance,” the mayor said.

It is also reported that the number of suspected dengue cases in the province has reached over 2,000 with 11 deaths reported this year, majority of which were from Bais City.

Goñi directed all sanitation officers to visit and inspect all the households and educate the residents on how to control the spread of potential dengue-carrying mosquito breeding sites.

The mayor enjoined the residents to conduct proper waste management, cover water containers, do clean-up drives regularly especially in areas with stagnant water which are difficult to clean. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Sept. 26, 2016)