Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s legacy hemodialysis center to save thousands of kidney patients

2024 June 26

HEMODIALYSIS CENTER. House of Representatives Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez (in hard hat) leads the lowering of a time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) Hemodialysis Center along Elliptical Road in Quezon City on Wednesday (June 26, 2024). A legacy health care project of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the facility will offer world-class hemodialysis services to indigent Filipinos suffering from kidney disease. (Photo courtesy of Speaker Romualdez’s office)

MANILA – The government can save thousands of indigent Filipinos suffering from kidney problems who have to undergo dialysis, through the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) Hemodialysis Center, House of Representatives Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said Wednesday.

Romualdez made the statement after leading the groundbreaking ceremony for the NKTI HD Center in Quezon City.

“Today, we are not just building an edifice. We are laying the foundation for hope, modern health care, and better quality of life for millions of Filipinos suffering from kidney ailments,” he said.

He noted that kidney ailments are among the top killer diseases in the country, with more than 1 million Filipinos believed to be suffering from such illnesses.

Kidney patients have to undergo dialysis until they find donors for a transplant or their condition deteriorates.

“Malaki ang magiging epekto ng proyektong ito sa buhay ng ordinaryong Pilipino. Hindi na nila kailangang bumiyahe ng malayo o kaya’y maghanap ng malaking halaga para lang makapagpagamot. Dito, sila’y magkakaroon ng access sa modernong pasilidad at de-kalidad na serbisyo para maibsan ang kanilang karamdaman (This project will have a big effect on the lives of ordinary Filipinos. They will not have to travel far anymore or look for large sums to seek treatment. Here, they will have access to modern facilities and quality service to ease their ailments),” Romualdez said.

The NKTI Hemodialysis Center, also called the HD Legacy Building, is part of the Legacy Specialty Hospital Project of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

It was among the specialty hospitals built during the first Marcos administration by then First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, along with the Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and Lung Center of the Philippines.

“Sinimulan po ito ng kanyang butihing ina… noong ‘70s at ngayo’y ipinagpapatuloy ng ating Pangulo para sa milyun-milyong Pilipino (This was started by his revered mother in the ‘70s and is now being continued by our President for millions of Filipinos),” Romualdez said.

On Tuesday, Romualdez also led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez Cancer Center at the Ospital ng Maynila (OM) compound, which is also part of the President’s legacy health care projects.

The HD Legacy Building, a 13-story edifice with a roof deck, will be built on a 2,900-square meter portion inside the NKTI compound along the Quezon City Elliptical Road.

The new facility will house and operate 200 state-of-the-art hemodialysis machines that will cater to indigent and private patients from Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The facility will also accommodate renal patients under hemodialysis with complex medical conditions and those requiring emergency care.

It will serve as a training institution complete with such facilities as a skills laboratory, lecture rooms, and auditoriums for medical and allied health care workers, especially those coming from the provinces, capacitating them in developing their transplant and dialysis programs.

The HD Legacy Building will also come with a two-level parking area and is proposed to become a one-stop shop health care facility with its own Malasakit Center, admission and business area, operating room, laboratory, pharmacy, and commercial spaces.

Romualdez assured that the House would ensure funding for the three major pillars of Marcos’ legacy projects.

Aside from Legacy Specialty Hospitals, Marcos has also launched the Legacy Food Security, which aims to help farmers and make available food products at low prices, and Legacy Housing, which would provide dwelling units to the poor at an affordable cost.

“Magkaisa po tayo sa patuloy na pag-abot ng mas mataas na antas ng serbisyong pangkalusugan para sa bawat Pilipino. Sama-sama, kaya nating makamit ang mas maliwanag at mas malusog na kinabukasan para sa ating bansa (Let us unite for the continuing efforts to provide a higher level of health services for every Filipino. Together, we can achieve a brighter and healthier future for the country),” he said. 

Jose Cielito Reganit (PNA)