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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Taguig beefs up health services

the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital will complete the improvement of its Radiology Department before the end of the year, after upgrading its intensive care unit last June.

Taguig has purchased a Siemens Somatom 16 Slice CT Scan, a Digital X-Ray and a Digital Mobile X-Ray. The new machines are set to be installed this month, and will provide better health care service to the city’s constituents, said TPDH Officer in Charge Dr. Anna Richie Quilatan said.

“With the installation of the new CT scan, we assure that our patients will be given accurate results of their examinations and they will not look for other hospitals just to acquire this type of service,” Quilatan added.

In expanding the scope and improving the quality of service at TPDH, the city acquired new equipment, like an ABG Machine (which tests blood gas) and an ultrasound machine, and renovated its facilities.

“This latest upgrade of TPDH’s medical facilities is a testament to our determination to give Taguigeños the best service that their local government can deliver,” Mayor Lani Cayetano said.

When the TPDH ICU became fully operational earlier this year, the city added brand-new medical equipment, including additional beds both for newborns and adults.

Other significant improvements in health-care services under Cayetano’s administration include the improved conditions of Taguig’s 31 Barangay Health Centers, which are all PhilHealth-accredited; the establishment of four Super Health Centers, which offer 24/7 services; a door-to-door delivery of maintenance medicines for diabetes, asthma and hypertension; the citywide eye checkup and distribution of prescription glasses to senior citizens and students; the “Doctors On Call” program, designed for quick response to emergency calls or text through hotline 0917-8210896; and free home-care nursing services for bedridden patients.

Compared to the hospital’s previous CT Scan machine, the new one provides faster, high-diagnostic image quality delivered with just a single click. Its results are reliable and accurate because of a high-quality image, which rapidly turns data into a diagnosis, Quilatan said. The new machine also has an advanced visualization feature for oncology and vascular assessment.

A computerized tomography scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside one’s body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain X-rays do.

A CT scan has many uses, but is particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. It can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

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