The Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) has unveiled its new GE Revolution EVO 128-slice computed tomography (CT) scan machine on Wednesday (April 14).
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Vice Mayor Maria Sheila “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan, and GABMMC director Dr. Ted Martin attended the ribbon-cutting event in the hospital.
The Japan-made CT scan was part of the Office of the Mayor’s plan to further improve health services in the nation’s capital.
Domagoso said the machine was procured by the Office of the Mayor as part of its long-term plan to further improve health services in the city, help patients who cannot afford CT scans, and increase the probability of patients surviving critical situations.
“This is a very important machine for the hospital because many of the patients here do not have money to pay for CT scans. Usually, only those who have money can afford CT scans, but then CT scans are needed for proper diagnostics. This can increase the probability of patients surviving even in critical situations,” he said in a statement.
The GABMMC now has the most advanced CT scan machine among the city’s six district hospitals. It can now provide free specialized health services to underserved patients.
Previously, the CT scans available at GABMMC, Sta. Ana Hospital, and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center only had 25-slice capacity.
The new CT scan can easily detect and identify brain conditions, such as aneurysm, brain tumor, meningitis, encephalitis, COVID-related brain infection; impending heart attack, blockage in coronary artery, tumors or cancers and all kinds of lumps.
“This machine can easily identify the following brain conditions like stroke, aneurysm, brain tumor, meningitis, encephalitis, COVID-related brain infection. Pati heart attack pwede n’ya malaman agad kung aatakihin ka. Kaya rin ma-detect nang maaga ang (Even impending heart attack can easily identify. It can also detect lumps on lung cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer, at lahat nang klase ng bukol sa tiyan,” Dr. Martin said in a statement.
The local chief executive also bared his plans to acquire more ICU equipment for the city’s district hospitals.
Domagoso also emphasized the need to protect frontliners. “No matter how much money we have, if we do not have medical frontliners, then nothing works,” he said.