ANGELES CITY -- The city government here has procured four additional hemodialysis machines and installed at the Renal Care Unit (RCU) of Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA) to serve more indigent residents suffering from kidney disease.

The procurement of the dialysis machines was made possible after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded the city with the Seal of Good Local Governance last July 31.

Consequently, the city was granted access to the PHP3.4 million subsidy from DILG’s Performance Challenge Fund.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Monday said the additional dialysis machines will help them expand their renal care services which are intended to the residents especially those who cannot afford the costly dialysis treatment.

“It has been five years since we established the city’s RCU and we have been doing our very best to improve our social services and health facilities,” Pamintuan said.

RCU Head Nephrologist Dr. William Gregory Rivero, said the brand new units “are truly helpful for ONA since the Renal Care Unit have been serving a great number of patients, whom are mostly less fortunate.”

“Through RCU’s expanded services, we live up to the city’s promise of providing affordable health care to the people,” Rivero said.

To date, ONA’s RCU has 22 hemodialysis machines in which 14 are functional and 8 needs to be repaired.

Since 2011, the first government-run dialysis center in the region was able to extend a total of 50,173 treatments to 594 patients suffering from kidney disease. (PNA)