Councilor Sangil receiving a box of dialyzers and needles from Da Vita Clinic Administrator Carol Starr.
ANGELES CITY – Councilor Jay Sangil has urged other city councilors here to help in looking for hospitals and renal care centers abroad willing to donate medical equipment, supplies and medicines.
Sangil told Punto that these donations will significantly augment the needs of the Angeles City Renal Care Unit and the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center or popularly known as Ospital Ning Angeles.
“Since medical equipment are very expensive nowadays, I am urging my colleagues to help me find and ask for more donations from rich hospitals abroad so we could fully support the administration’s health programs,” Sangil said.
“Aside from giving free PhilHealth memberships, this would lessen the burden of our poor cabalens seeking medical treatment especially those who are undergoing dialysis,” he added.
Sangil recently went to the US to receive a box of dialyzers and needles for use of patients at the Dialysis Center in this city. The donations came from Da Vita Clinic Elk Grove in Sacramento California managed by Carol Starr.
The councilor was toured inside the center by lab technicians Rod “Jun” Deang. His friend Francis “Jong” Gutierrez helped him in sourcing out the medical equipment and supplies.
Sangil disclosed that Da Vita and other dialysis clinics based in California and Florida USA vowed to donate at least 24 dialysis chairs, dialyzers and other medical equipment to the city government. “We are expecting these medical items to be delivered anytime this year.”
Citing the success of the Dialysis center here, he said it would be easier to get the support of foreign renal care units, medical centers and hospitals by donating medicines and some of their used dialysis chairs.
“I believe that there are still a lot of hospitals and centers in the US and in other countries who are willing to donate various kinds of medical equipment, supplies and medicines. We just have to find them,” Sangil said.
He lauded the efforts of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and World Medical Relief President and CEO George Samson for establishing the city’s Dialysis center which opened last year.
Pamintuan earlier said that “we are proud to become the first city to have a dialysis center.”
The mayor also allotted P20-million for the rehabilitation of RLMMC named after the father of Pampanga First District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.