THE Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) is seeking the endorsement of the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) for the potential establishment of a dialysis facility at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC).
The push would see a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement to fund the setting up of a three-storey hemodialysis facility in the BGHMC complex.
The facility is intended to replace the existing three-storey dormitory of the hospital.
According to Dr. Frederick Untalan, BGHMC Steering Committee member, the establishment of the hemodialysis facility through PPP will cater to the needs of Cordilleran patients, especially taking into account BGHMC’s status as a go-to medical facility in the region.
In order to convert the dormitory into a hemodialysis center, the PPP would operate under the rehabilitate-supply-operate and maintain mode.
The building rehabilitation is expected to take up to two years once approved and started, and the contract for the following operation and maintenance will last for 15 years.
The facility is expected to house 60 dialysis machines during the first year of operation, with 10 more to be added yearly up until the fifth year, when the facility is expected to be housing 110 dialysis machines.
Initial costs for the rehabilitation and conversion process are estimated at P110 million and a further P92 million in costs of operation and maintenance are expected annually, all to be shouldered by the potential future private partner.