Celso vows city to donate P30M worth MRI to ZCMC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:04

Mayor Celso Lobregat vowed last week that he will make sure the city government will be able to donate a Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scan machine to the Zamboanga City Medical Center before his term will expire next year.

Lobregat made the pledge during the inauguration last Thursday of the operating room complex and radiology/oncology center, a P11-million project of Deputy House Speaker Rep. Beng Climaco-Salazar of District 1, at the ZCMC.

An MRI scan machine is used by physicians to detect structural abnormalities in the body. It uses magnetism and radio waves to produce clear pictures of human anatomy.

“I did not come empty-handed. I will see to it the city government will be able to donate an MRI to the ZCMC before my term will end next year. I have already discussed this with DOH officials. The equipment will cost between P30 million and P40 million,” Lobregat said.

He recalled that his concern for the ZCMC started from his mother, the late congresswoman turned Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat, who authored a bill in congress elevating the status and capacity of the hospital to 250 beds.

The mayor added that the city government under his administration had also initiated assistance to the ZCMC, one of which was the construction of a senior citizens’ ward inside the hospital complex. “Next year an MRI,” he announced, to the delight of the ZCMC administrative personnel headed by Chief of Hospital Dr. Romeo Ong and DHO dignitaries from Manila.

Once fulfilled, the ZCMC stands to become the first and only government hospital to have an MRI in the Zamboanga Peninsula or Mindanao as a whole.
Lobregat said funds for the purchase of an MRI scan machine will be included in the city’s supplemental budget for 2013, considering that the city’s regular executive budget for 2013 has already been prepared and approved a year earlier. — Vic Larato