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BARMM representatives seek kidney dialysis centers all across the area.

A bill to add dialysis equipment to all public hospitals in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has been filed by a group of MPs.

The effort is in keeping with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s announcement that health care is to be prioritized and that large hospitals will be decentralized from the capital to the provinces, according to the bill’s author, BARMM Parliament Member Amilbahar Mawallil.

Mawallil said in a statement on Wednesday that “unfortunately, the majority of the renal sufferers have to go to adjacent towns and cities to be able to seek treatment.”

He committed to working to ensure that dialysis equipment is installed in all government hospitals and that poor patients can receive free treatment.

The legislator did acknowledge that the majority of rural health facilities are outdated, worn out, and underequipped.

In his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, Marcos declared his intention to found institutes for the heart, lungs, and kidneys outside of the National Capital Region in all 50 provinces.

Bangsamoro Transition Authority Bill 95 was introduced by Mawallil on Tuesday with the support of seven other lawmakers.

In order to address the demands of patients, the proposed measure calls for the provision of equipment, supplies, and people, including nephrologists, operating room and dialysis nurses, and dialysis technicians in both peritoneal and hemodialysis.

Dialysis patients in the BARMM will receive free care once it has been approved.

Priority would be given to patients who are in need and have “no visible means of income, compensation, or financial assistance from family members to fulfill their fundamental necessities,” according to the proposed legislation.

The legislation mandates the establishment of health promotion initiatives and chronic kidney disease (CKD) prevention plans by all government hospitals and standalone dialysis facilities in the area, as well as advocacy campaigns aimed at dialysis patients’ families who are at risk of getting CKD.

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