BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Himamaylan City will soon have its own dialysis center to serve residents with kidney problems.
Mayor Raymund Tongson, on his social media account, said the construction of the city-owned dialysis center will be sourced from the 20 percent Development Fund for Year 2020.
The proposed P8 million dialysis center will be located within the City Health Office, and its budget, covered by Appropriation Ordinance No. 19-06, was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod in December 2019.
Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslao said the dialysis center is the first major project made possible through the Public-Private Partnership for People (P4) Ordinance.
“This is a legacy healthcare initiative of the TOGA (Tongson-Gatuslao) Administration for the people of Himamaylan and southern Negros, which was developed – policy to negotiation to infrastructure – from scratch,” Gatuslao said on his social media page.
He added that, under the agreement, the dialysis center will be managed by Nephro Synergies as private partner. A memorandum of agreement was entered into between Nephro Synergies and the Himamaylan City government on July 24, 2020.*