As chief of a regional hospital that serves patients from other regions, Dr. Manuel Factora couldn’t underestimate the value of a brand new Shimadzu mobile x-ray machine that members of Rotary turned over last Thursday to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
The machine, Factora stressed, will be crucial for the examination of patients that, because of their critical condition, can not be moved to the regular x-ray room for the procedure.
The donation of the P1.5 million machine was a collaboration of the donor Rotary clubs of Taoyuan Daxing and Bailing, both in Taiwan with the Rotary Club of Manila Metro, Rotary Districts 3810 and 3500 and the Bell Church, Inc.
“The donor Rotarians contacted me, saying they wanted to provide the medical a mobile x-ray machine,” said Dr. Manuel Quirino, national president of Bell Church and a medical specialist at the BGHMC. “Some officers of the Rotary are also members of the Bell Church, that’s why.”
With him and Factora at the turn-over were visiting members of the Rotary donor clubs, Richard Lee, Lee-Yuan-Hong, Lai Kuei Chin, George Ang, Peter Ngo, Carlos Chianpian, Marites Ang, Rotary Manila Metro president Benny Baladad and Dr. Rey Leung and Dr. Sergio So, head of the BGHMC’s radiology department.
Baladad, who grew up in Baguio, explained the donation is one of two machines turned over under the Global Grant program of Rotary International, with the BGHMC and the Philippine General Hospital as recipients.
“This (gesture of Rotary), indeed,. Builds better understanding,” Factora told the visiting Rotarians.before medical center chaplain, Fr. German Ledesma, blessed the x-ray unit. – Ramon Dacawi