Tue, 18 Jun 2019

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Dec. 12 (PIA) - A support group to help patients needing financial help was formed by patients at St. Paul Hospital in this city.

Dialysis Patients Association of Tuguegarao president, Loreto Seguido said they saw the need to have a strong group to help fellow patients especially those who are financially incapable of sustaining their medications.

"No one will help us if we do not help ourselves," Seguido said highlighting that aside from financial assistance, non-material support is equally important for patients undergoing dialysis," Seguido said during the weekly RTV program, Tipon-Tipan Sa PIA.

According to Seguido, they are planning to come up with various activities such as seminars on the prevention of kidney diseases, lectures on proper care of patients suffering from kidney diseases. He added, they are also planning to undertake projects and activities that can generate funds to help patients who need financial assistance.

Seguido said there are about 150 patients undergoing dialysis at St. Paul Hospital, some of them need to undergo two to three sessions per week, with an average of 25 patients per session. He said most of them have to skip required sessions due to lack of resources.

"We want to conduct 'concert-for-a-cause', fun run, or any project that can help us generate funds for our association since we did not require our members to pay for a membership fee," Seguido added.

Demetrio Garing, the association's secretary, who is on his fifth year of dialysis treatment he now realize that prevention is better than cure. He said a single session of dialysis costs aroundP2, 900, plus other medicines and vitamins cost P700 to P4,000 per session.

"Most of us need to undergo two to three sessions every week. So in a year, we need to undergo around 120-150 sessions and Philhealth pay only 90 sessions," Garing added.

Members of the group are optimistic that having an organized group, it will be easier for them to support each other.

Seguido said while kidney disease is considered a serious ailment, self-discipline and proper lifestyle can prevent anyone from having it.

He urged the public to immediately consult a doctor when they experience symptoms like back pain, numbness and swelling, dizziness, fatigue, among others.

Dialysis Patients Association of Tuguegarao was registered under the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Oct. 15, 2018, (MDCT/GVB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

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