The Manila city government inaugurated the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine and Robotics Center in Sta. Ana Hospital on Monday, Jan. 17.
The newest facility will focus primarily on providing physical therapy and rehabilitation to patients suffering paralysis.
“In the middle of this Omicron surge, the Sta. Ana Hospital is about to launch our newest service, our robotics program,” said Sta. Ana Hospital director Doctor Grace Padilla during the inauguration.
Padilla explained that the hospital’s newest facilities and technology are essential steps in incorporating cutting-edge technology in patient treatment, especially in providing physical therapy to those suffering paralysis and weakness as a result of brain injuries.
“Hybrid Assistive Limb or the HAL is a robotic exoskeleton device that can help people who have various neurological issues, including those patients who have stroke or cerebro-vascular accident, patients with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or other issues of the brain and neuro-muscular system that cause weakness and paralysis of both the upper and the lower extremities,” said Padilla.
Filipino medical technology group Robocare Solutions provided the rehabilitation equipment to be used in the new facility.
Present at the inauguration were Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Vice Mayor Doctor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, and Manila 3rd District Representative Yul Servo-Nieto.