City shells out P70M for MRI machine at ZCMC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:32

Fulfilling his commitment to help modernize the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) and accelerate delivery of health services, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday turned over to hospital officials a check of P70 million for the acquisition of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

The turnover of the check to ZCMC Chief of Hospitals Dr. Romeo Ong, held at the City hall conference room, followed the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) that set guidelines for the purchase of the MRI     equipment and related accessories.

Lobregat explained that the addition of an MRI machine at the ZCMC will eliminate the need for patients to go outside the city for an MRI reading.

“Moreover, not only senior citizens but all residents of the city can avail of the 20% discount on the use of the MRI,” Lobregat stressed, as he turned over the check together with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Rey Candido, Luis Biel III, Lilia Nuño, Percival Ramos, Mike Alavar and Benjamin Guingona III; City Budget Officer Virginia Gara, Assistant City Accountant Felixberto Eleno. The DOH regional office was represented by Dr. Abubakar.

Under the agreement, the Department of Health would bid out the said equipment through the National Kidney and Transplant Institute which ZCMC will pay with the endowment from the city government.

Dr. Ong thanked the city government, particularly Mayor Lobregat and the City Council, for the gift, recounting how the local chief executive promised Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona to donate an MRI if the department would grant the center with much needed medical equipment.

Lobregat committed to donate the equipment to the ZCMC before his third term expires in 2013. He made the pledge last April during the inauguration of the operating room complex and radiology/oncology center, an P11-million project of Deputy House Speaker Rep. Beng Climaco-Salazar of District 1, at the ZCMC.

An MRI is a diagnostic device used in detecting structural abnormalities of the body.It uses magnetism and radio waves to produce clear pictures of human anatomy.

Also present during the MOA signing and check turnover were several barangay chairmen from the 7-kilometer radius of the city. --Claudine Uniana