MAYOR Isko Moreno will not be taking a much-needed dayoff on his birthday this coming Thursday, October 24.
Instead, he will be spending his day attending to lined-up activities, highlighted by the opening of three new medical facilities in Manila.
It was learned that Moreno will begin his day by opening a new dialysis center at the annex building of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center headed by its director, Dr. Ted Martin, complete with machines.
From there, Moreno will proceed to the Ospital ng Maynila to inaugurate its new bloodbank and TB-DOTS (Tuberculosis- Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course) after which he will lead the opening of the first ever vaccine refrigerated room of the Manila Health Department.
Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is also supervising the operations of all city hospitals being a doctor herself, explained that DOTS refers to the TB control strategy recommended by the World Health Organization, which said that the most cost-effective way to stop the spread of TB in communities with a high incidence is by curing it and the best curative method for TB is known as DOTS.
Meanwhile, she said the refrigerated room for vaccines at the OM is meant to provide stable temperature for the vaccines to ensure that their efficacy and quality do not in any way degrade.
The dialysis center, Lacuna explained further, will be serving patients with kidney problems.