Davao's organ harvest center gets P3-m seed capital

Subscribe Now September 03, 2010 at 05:44pm

HEALTH Secretary Enrique Ona has released a P3 million ‘seed capital’ for an organ harvest center at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Mindanao.

The Davao City-based medical center will be the first hospital in the region to have an organ donation center to address the need for dialysis and organ transplant of Filipino patients. The center will focus on kidney donation and transplant, Ona said on Wednesday after handing a check for P3 million.

SMMC, formerly known as Davao Medical Center, is now a 1,200-bed hospital, making it the biggest state-owned hospital in Mindanao. It started with only 200 beds.

“The Center would be similar to a blood bank where one can go either to donate or to obtain blood,” said Ona.

Mindanao residents needing kidney transplant no longer have to go to Manila with the Organ Center at SPMC, Ona said.

SPMC is not only well equipped, it also is manned by doctors and other medical personnel to attend to the kidney patients’ concerns.

He also said a person who wants to donate kidney can just go to SPMC.

The Organ Center, Ona said, will serve as coordinating center for all public regional and district hospitals in Mindanao.

Ona said that the center would charge its rich patients for services such as organ transplant.

The Center should be self-sustaining and not just rely on state subsidy, he said.

Source: manilastandardtoday.com



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