Beng turns over P11M cancer center PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:33

The Zamboanga City Medical Center (formerly the Zamboanga General Hospital) will now have its own Oncology or cancer center courtesy of the support and assistance from District I Representative Beng Climaco.

Costing P11 million, the oncology center is the first in the region and was made possible through the efforts of Cong. Cllimaco and the prime movers of the advocacy for a cancer-free city.  Funding for the project is taken from Cong. Climaco’s priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

The center’s inauguration set today, April 17, will be led by Cong. Cllimaco with Health Secretary Enrique Ona as guest of honor.

“We are hopeful that this will help a lot of our cancer patients in the city. We are still hopeful that Sec. Ona can help us equip the Oncology Center as we need to make sure that the oncology center is ready to accommodate patients,”  Climaco said.

She vowed to initiate more programs and measures in line with the advocacy to support and assist cancer victims in the city.

Also expected to grace the event are DOH-9 Regional Director Teogene Baluma, ZCMC Chief of Hospital III Dr. Romeo Ong and other DOH officials, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries who are now in Zamboanga City.

The Gender and Development (GAD) and Tzu Chi Foundation-Zamboanga are also part of the occasion.

It was last October during the Pink October Walk, a fund-raising campaign intended to support the needs of cancer patients at the ZCMC, when Dr. Ong announced the construction of the cancer center through the generosity of Cong. Climaco. He likewise revealed that Mayor Celso Lobregat also allocated funds for the medicines,

On the other hand, Dr. Ong said, the Department of Health has also allotted P16 million for the purchase of a cobalt machine, a cancer radiation treatment facility and P23 million worth of cancer drugs, also through representations made by Cong. Climaco.

Because of this, Dr. Ong said, the ZCMC is now considered one of the only two cancer access points in Mindanao. The other one is Davao Medical Center. — Marvin Segura