Iloilo City hosts cardiac catherization machine in WV

Iloilo City will soon host the first cardiac catheterization machine in a public hospital in Region 6.

This, after Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) chief Dr. Joseph Dean Nicolo signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) July 19 for the transfer of said machine from Philippine Heart Center (PHC) in Manila to the facility in Mandurriao district.

Under the MOA, the City Government will shoulder the transportation and installation of the same.

“We are very glad to bring the medical services closer to indigents who suffer cardiovascular problems. This first machine will also benefit residents of Iloilo province and whole of Panay,” stressed Mabilog.

He said this will lessen the burden of patients in going to PHC in Manila.

“There are a lot of people with cardiovascular problems who are lining up in the Philippine Heart Center just to avail of this, so it will decongest them with patients coming from Western Visayas. This will also provide opportunity for the patients’ families to provide mental and emotional support at home,” added Mabilog.

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PHC has donated the Allura FD 10/10 to WVMC which will serve as the Regional Heart Center-Iloilo.

The cardiac catheterization is a procedure done to know how well the heart is working or if a person has disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary arteries.

Nicolo said the machine is expected to arrive either at the end of July or first week of August and they will conduct the dry run in December for its operations.

PHC also committed to donate a heart-lung machine next year. [via Iloilo City PIO]

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