Celso hails 1st kidney transplant in region PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 17:03

Mayor Celso Lobregat has hailed the Western Mindanao Medical Center for launching the first ever kidney transplantation procedure in Zamboanga Peninsula and neighbouring regions 10 and 11.

Mayor Lobregat, who graced the short program prior to the actual operation Saturday together with Councilor Nonong Guingona and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos, was ecstatic that the first kidney transplant procedure in Western Mindanao held at the WMCC, a private institution, is by coincidence held the same day as when American surgeon Henry E. Murray performed the first successful transplant of a human kidney in October 1954 with 24-year old identical twins as the donor and recipient. 

“Probably by coincidence, today, the 1st of October, the Western Mindanao Medical Center, scores the first kidney transplantation procedure. Thus, we join with this health care institution in celebrating this feat”, the mayor said in his message during the program held at the Atoa restaurant prior to the actual operation held at the WMCC.

The mayor stressed that the first kidney transplant procedure is another milestone not only for the WMCC but also Zamboanga City in health care program.
He likewise expressed jubilation that the first ever procedure is held as the city of Zamboanga starts its Fiesta Hermosa 2011, the city’s grandest festival in honor of Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar whose feast day is on October 12.

Like WMCC, the city government is also prioritizing health care, the mayor stressed. “As we celebrate Fiesta Hermosa, the city government is not only focusing on social activities but also on health as we also have lined up a blood letting activity on Oct. 2 and free medical services on Oct. 5”, he emphasized.
The blood letting activity, held yesterday at the Red Cross training center was intended to support and assist the Red Cross in its blood services program while the medical mission dubbed “Fiesta Medical” set to be held City Health Office compound in Pettit Barracks from 8am to 2pm on October 5 is intended to provide free medical, dental and minor surgical services to poor but deserving residents of the city.

Meanwhile, the mayor took pride in personally presenting to the crowd during the program, the members of the team that conducted the first kidney transplant in Zamboanga. The team included Dr. Michael Abutazil, head of the WMMC hemodialysis unit.

The first ever procedure was witnessed by Dr. Antonio Paraiso, program manager for operation, Philippine Organ Donation Program of the DOH representing the Secretary Enrique On as well as Dr. Benito Puruganan, chairman, Department of Organ Transplantation, National Kidney and transplant Institute.

Also present during the program were Dr. Joshua Brillantes of the Center for Health Development-9; PCSCO-Chief Lottery Operations Officer Raul Regondola, Dr. Paterno Cabrera III, President of WMCC Inc.; Dr. Nida Tan- WMMC Assistant Medical Director; WMMC Hospital board of directors; consultants and hospital staff. — Sheila Covarrubias