By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos

National Kidney and Transplant Institute (File photo)

MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released around PHP550 million for the expansion of the outpatient services of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI).

In a statement Wednesday, Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman has approved the issuance of Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) amounting to PHPP550 million to cover the funding requirements for the NKTI’s Out-Patient Department (OPD) Building.

“The funds will be used for the construction and expansion of NKTI’s OPD Building, which is designed to be a one-stop shop for the hospital’s social services, including diagnostic and surgical facilities,” she said.

“Specializing in the treatment and prevention of kidney and allied diseases, the NKTI amplifies its capabilities through the construction of the proposed 8-storey OPD Building,” she added.

The facility will provide areas for the expansion of the hospital’s outpatient services with a total cost of PHP1.331 billion.

Pangandaman said the release of funds is part of the Marcos administration’s commitment to improve the country’s healthcare facilities.

“Ang palagi pong sinasabi ng ating mahal na Pangulong Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. (President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. always says), no Filipino should be deprived of quality health care. That’s why we continuously give high regard to our health care facilities, more importantly, our specialty hospitals like NKTI,” she said.

The NKTI is the center for the referral of kidney patients from various regional hospitals in the country and is recognized as the lead agency in voluntary blood services. In its 33-year existence and operations, the Institute’s medical achievements and milestones are comparable to any specialty hospital in the world.

The NKTI, formerly known as the National Kidney Foundation of the Philippines (NKFP), serves as the center for referral of kidney patients from various regional hospitals in the country and is recognized as the lead agency in voluntary blood services.

Located along East Avenue in Quezon City, the NKTI is a two-story structure with three buildings (Main, Annex and Dialysis Center) connected.

The Main Building houses most of the Cost Centers and the Administrative offices, while the Annex Building encloses the recently opened Marcos Wing and the Radiology Department, Center for Special Services and the Emergency Department.

The Out-Patient Department, Hemodialysis and CAPD centers, HOPE office, Medical Records office and the clinics of all its Medical Specialists can be found in the Dialysis Center. (PNA)