Aquino opens upgraded facilities of East Avenue Medical Center to the public

February 15, 2011 9:47 am 

MANILA, Feb. 14 — In an effort to make every Filipino healthy and free from illness, President Benigno S. Aquino III on Valentine’s Day inaugurated the upgraded facilities of the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City.

The President, accompanied by Health Secretary Enrique Ona inspected the EAMC’s Radiology Department with its upgraded radiologic imaging equipment.

At present, there are two brand new x-ray machines where fluoroscopy in real time can be accomplished.

The Department also has new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit so patients who have to undergo MRI no longer has to be referred to other institutions.

The President also toured the new Birthing Center which was partly funded through the contributions from the different nursing schools affiliated with EAMC.

The Birthing Center, according to EAMC Medical Director Dr. Roland Cortez, is the hospital’s substantive contribution to government’s efforts in reducing maternal and infant mortality as envisioned in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The Chief Executive likewise inspected the Central Sterilization Unit (CSU) at the hospital’s basement where a newly installed Matachana Series SC 500 sterilizer is located.

The CSU will reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections with its centralized sterilization, inspection, packing, disinfection, storage and distribution carried out by specialized and experienced personnel.

Later, the President proceeded to the Tahan-Tahanan, the first of its kind in the world, which is a half-way home for cancer-stricken children from the provinces. The cancer patient can temporarily stay here with a family member or caregiver while undergoing treatment in Metro Manila hospitals.

At the Tahan-Tahanan, the patients are provided with free board and lodging coupled with a comprehensive enrichment program such as home-study, arts and crafts, sports, music, theater, dance and skills training for parents and caregivers.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office provided the financial assistance for the infrastructure and operations of the Tahan-Tahanan. (PNA)

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