TWO projects meant to address the need for blood and the ever-growing number of patients needing minor surgeries were launched at the premier Sta. Ana Hospital (SAH) yesterday.
The twin events were led by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, Vice Mayor yul Servo-Nieto, Sta. Ana Hospital Dr. Grace Padilla, City Engineer Armand Andres and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Poks Pangan, with stakeholders also present led Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. President Reinaldo Bautista and Operation Smile Philippines Executive Director Emiliano Romano, among others.
Lacuna signed a Deed of Donation with the said foundation which footed the expenses for the establishment of a blood bank in the said hospital.
“Layunin nito na mag-imbak at palagiang magkaroon ng dugo na magagamit sa mga pasyenteng kailangan masalinan sanhi ng ginawang operasyon. Malaking tulong ito, lalo na sa mga kababayan nating kapus-palad. Alam natin kung gaano kahirap maghanap ng dugo para sa mga pasyente,” said Lacuna.
Following the groundbreaking of the Blood Bank, Lacuna, Servo-Nieto and Padilla led the ribbon-cutting of the new Ambulatory Surgical Clinic located at the second floor of the SAH, through the aid of the Operation Smile Philippines, which the mayor and Padilla cited for helping the SAH in conducting free operations for children with cleft palate.
“Ang naturang Ambulatory Surgical Clinic ay regular nang magagamit sa pagsasagawa ng iba pang mga opersayon gaya ng pagtatanggal ng mass, pagtutuli, pagba-biopsy, pagtatanggal ng bukol at iba pa,” Lacuna said.
She added: “Malaking tulong din itong Ambulatory Surgical Clinic sa pagnanais nating itaas ang antas ng Sta. Ana Hospital mula Hospital Level 2 patungong Hospital Level 3. Sa katunayan kahapon ay nakapasa na at nabigyan na ng Department of Health accreditation yung bubuksan nating Ambulatory Surgical Clinic. Kaya, congratulations sa inyo at tuloy na tuloy na ang paggamit natin ng inyong bagong pasilidad.”
According to Padilla, the Hospital Blood bank facility is Sta Ana Hospital’s response, to cases like medical cases that include excessive blood loss seen Dengue, trauma, postpartum hemorrhages, blood disorders like anemias, and leukemia, thalassemia) and even plasma disorders (Hemophilia and other clotting factors deficiencies) and Major Surgical Operation where blood and blood products are very much needed.“
Padilla said that the ASC or Ambulatory Surgery Center on the other hand, is a healthcare facility where minor surgical procedures that do not require overnight stays take place. It’s one of the newest services offered by our hospital which is separate it from the hospital’s outpatient service.