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Lolo’t lola una: Benny Abante leads launching of PH’s first hemodialysis unit for seniors

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Manila Rep. Benny Abante led the opening on Sept. 23 of the country’s first hemodialysis unit for seniors at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC).

Established to address the increasing demand for hemodialysis among senior citizens, the new JRRMMC – Annex National Center for Geriatric Health (NCGH) – Hemodialysis Unit provides the elderly with free, accessible, quality hemodialysis care.

Among those present at the launch of the groundbreaking facility were the Minority Leader, JRRMMC Medical Center Chief II Dr. Emmanuel Montaña Jr., and Department of Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Elmer Punzalan.

The NCGH Hemodialysis unit is equipped with 10 of state of the art hemodialysis machines and 17 professionally-trained health care providers. This facility will cater to senior citizens who require hemodialysis treatment and have negative PCR tests and do not have comorbidities.

Senior citizens are extremely vulnerable to renal disease. The incidence of End-stage Renal Disease is highest in the 75 and older age group; it has also been increasing most rapidly in this age range.