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Mayor Honey, Dr. Martin open new infectious disease unit at GABMC

Dr. Ted Martin and Mayor Honey Lacuna
Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna and GABMC Director Dr. Ted Martin at the inauguration of the hospital's new infectious disease unit. (JERRY S. TAN)

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna inaugurated the new Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Medical Center (GABMC) in readiness for responding to health emergencies and illnesses like COVID-19 that need special attention.

Lacuna was joined by GABMC Director Dr. Ted Martin and Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid, whose help, according to Martin, made the project possible.

Herself a doctor, Lacuna stressed the importance that such a unit plays, citing the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center (MIDCC) first built at the Sta. Ana Hospital prior to the onset of COVID-19.

She said that the MIDCC, which became operational under the stewardship of hospital director Dr. Grace Padilla, became highly instrumental in the city government’s handling of COVID cases specially during its peak.

For his part, Dr. Martin said: “Layunin ng proyektong ito na madagdagan ang kakayahan ng ating ospital na makapagbigay ng serbsiyo medikal sa mas nakararami pa nating mga kababayan sa panahon ng health emergencies tulad ng pagtugon sa sakit na COVID-19 at iba pang nakakahawang sakit.”

He said that the inauguration of the IDU at the GABMC is just one of a series of activities lined up by the hospital in connection with its celebration of its 25th anniversary on April 28.

Martin said “GABMC extends its gratitude to the Rotary Club of Bagumbayan – Manila R. I. District 3810 (Host Sponsor) and Rotary Club of Pohang – Eunhasu R. I. District 3630 (International Host Sponsor) for their generous donation of an Anesthesia Machine through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant for Disease Prevention and Treatment.”

The said hospital, it was learned, also held a mass blood donation program dubbed, “Dugong Bigay… Dugtong Buhay” through the support of the Philippine Blood Center.

“Layunin ng proyektong ito na makatulong sa ating mga kapatid na mga Manileño na may karamdaman at nangangailangang masalinan ng dugo tulad na lamang ng ating mga hemodialysis patients,” Dr. Martin said.

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