Floirendo turns over first-of-a-kind machine to Davao City hospital
The expensive burn treatment machine donated by Davao Davao del Norte Second District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. to a government hospital in Davao City will not only benefit burn victims in the Southern Philippines but also those from other parts of Mindanao.
Floirendo turned over the highly-specialized burn treatment machine to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Tuesday morning, March 26.
DAVAO CITY – The state-run Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) on Tuesday received a Php2.9 million Humeca Meek Graft and Dermatomein burn treatment machine that could help accelerate healing and lower mortality rate for patients with severe burns.SPMC, which admits 300 to 500 burn… Read More
The P2.9 million Humeca Meek Graft Machine and Dermatomein burn treatment machine is now operational and under the supervision of Dr. Rizal D. Aportadera Burn Center of SPMC.
It was Vice Director of the Center Dr. Arnulfo Enriquez Mapayo who initially approached Cong. Floirendo to sponsor the purchase of the machine thru the Junior Chamber International Kadayawan’s flagship project entitled “Lamdag sa Kabataan tugon ng Kadayawan.”
Considering that the center caters not only to burn patients from Davao Region but the entire island of Mindanao and some parts of the Visayas Region, the project was started by JCI Kadayawan in 2016 under its former president Cathy Binag.
The machine is the first in the Philippines and is very effective because the affected burn wounds are closing twice as fast and it can decrease infections twice as much compared to other machines.
It is highly specialized machine because MEEK is mainly used for patients that suffer more than 30% total Body Surface Area burns. However MEEK is also very suitable for patients with 5% – 20% TBSA burns.
In most cases, 40 – 50% less donor sites have to be used and these same donor sites could be used again within two weeks.
Floirendo said no government money was used in the purchase of the said machine and that his sponsorship was due to the fact that it was requested by his partner Cathy Binag as their birthday gift to the people of Davao.
The congressman from Davao del Norte hopes that the machine could help more patients not just from Davao del Norte but also from other parts of Mindanao that seeks treatment in the island’s primary government hospital.