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The Philippine government wants treatment of kidney diseases made more accessible, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Monday.

During the 40th founding anniversary of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City, the president expressed his commitment to supporting renal health facilities.

“We owe you a debt that cannot be repaid, and we will see to it that your institution gets all the help that is necessary for its advancement and its progress,” Marcos Jr. said.

He said the government would ensure dialysis treatment would be readily available, accessible and cost-effective for Filipinos.

“The ultimate goal is to lower the deaths and disabilities associated with kidney disease and kidney failure, especially for those who are not able to access dialysis treatment due to the high cost,” Marcos Jr. said.

The NKTI aims to implement a 10-year, fully integrated New Hospital Integrated Management System (NHIMS), which will automate the hospital’s services and enable the institute to reach out to more patients.

Once implemented, it will be the first fully integrated NHIMS in the Philippines. John Ezekiel J. Hirro