Gov thanks Pres. Aquino for different health services, infra programs

January 9, 2012 11:44 pm 

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Jan. 9 – Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario thanked President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for the different health service and infrastructure programs in Mindanao.

During the unveiling of a P157.4-million radiotherapy center inside the Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) led by Health Secretary Enrique Ona on Sunday here, del Rosario said this is part of the government’s efforts at providing affordable and accessible treatment facility to cancer patients in Mindanao.

The President was supposed to lead the opening of the Mindanao Nuclear and Radiotherapy Center but cancelled his visit, he said.

The governor said the center will be a big help not only to the cancer victims in Davao del Norte but also to all of Mindanao.

“We intend to make the services of the facility comparable with those in private hospitals, especially in Metro Manila,” he said.

In a speech read by Secretary Ona, the President said the facility is the first government hospital in Mindanao that can provide affordable, adequate and accessible cancer care to Mindanao patients regardless of their capacity to pay.

“This is one of the only three hospitals, government or private, in Mindanao that has the most advanced technology and facilities available to treat cancer,” the President said.

With a 40-bed daily capacity, the facility boasts of a multi-million peso-worth of Digital Linear Accelerator, a huge capsule-like object used for external radiotherapy.

The device operates by emitting a direct radiation beam concentrated on the cancer cells without damaging surrounding normal tissues.

Among the radiotherapy types in the center include External Beam Radiotherapy (XRT) and Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT).

The facility is inside a 5,280.80-square meter lot within the DRH compound. Work on the project began on Nov. 28, 2010 and was finished over a year after.

The project cost over P157.44 million with the equipment alone worth P134.4 million. (PNA) FFC/FLL/ldp

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