The first Cancer Care Center in Negros Island was inaugurated yesterday, with the promise to bring a nearer facility to help in diagnosis and treatment of Negrenses suffering from the disease.
The Metro Pacific Holdings, Inc., and the Riverside Medical Center, Inc. inaugurated yesterday the first phase of the P300 million Riverside Bacolod Cancer Care Canter located at the annex of the Riverside Hospital in Bacolod City.
In his speech, RMCI President Genesis Golingan said that this is a dream come true for Riverside, as they commit to patients suffering the “Big C” that they are not alone in their fight against it.
“Cancer knows no boundaries and does not discriminate. The battle is not fair and has never been. This is one important service that we need for Negros... a dream that becomes a reality,” Golingan said.
The inauguration was led by Golingan, together with Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and Asian Hospital Medical Center President Andres Licaros Sr., with RMCI doctors, officials, and staff.
Leonardia said that the inauguration of the facility is very significant and a welcome development to Bacolod, as big players in the health industry also came to Bacolod like the Metro Pacific.
“We are really thankful, as it gives us a tree of hope, not just to make people wealthy but also they must be healthy and happy,” the mayor said.
Golingan said that this only the first phase of the center as they plan to make it a 4-storey complex, complete with the facilities to combat cancer.
Among the services to be offered in the center are women’s reproductive health screening, breast cancer screening, ovarian cancer screening, lung cancer screening, colon and rectal cancer screening A, B, C, prostate cancer screening, general cancer screening for male and female, cervical cancer screening, and liver cancer screening.
RMCI Business Development Offficer Karl Dimaano said the services to be offered in the center will be affordable, as it is lower compared to the cancer centers in Manila and Iloilo. Golingan added that the facility aims to cut down the cost of traveling to other areas and expenses on other logistics aside from the cancer treatment itself.
Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Angela De Luzuriaga Barandino said that they have enough cancer doctors or oncologists ready to offer their services at the center as treating it takes a team.
The facility will accept patients mid-January of 2019, Dimaanan said.*
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