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kidney patients as PWDs

A MEASURE

consider kidnev

seeking

to

patients

as

w

Dersons witfi disabili-

has been filed

(Pwo"),

Hduse of Repre-

sentatives. In filine House BiIt

ih ttre

2120, Defruty Speaker

Michael

tients with kidney failirre

are suffering and-are very

Romdro said pa-

weak and thus are quali- fied to be consider6d as PWDs.

The orooosed law iri-

tends tb oiovide kidnev

oatients tfie same benefids

ind discounts given to

PWDs.

To date at least 20,000

suffering

from

Filipinos

chronic

diseases

(CKDs) are undergoing ex- pensive dialysis. CKD pq-

kidney

tients are now acknowl- edeed as PWD's because

CI{P has been categorized as a disease and not a dis-

abilitv.

Roirero noted there has

been a sharo rise in'the

number of CfO patients

u.ndg.go teg'qlur {- _

ryho. alvsls ln tne Dast vears.

'The

solori said aside

from the financial cost of

undergoing dialysis, pa-

tients who no lonser have normallv functionTne kid-

nevs alio face diffiiulties

in leading normal lives, in-

cluding attending to their

regular

-'Chrirnic

iobs.

dialysis

pa-

tients of chronic kidney

disease

patienst on dialy-

se-

6e rc-

sis are amonq those

verelv troublEd bv their

why any

disea6e which is

assistance that will

ceived in the form of Phil-

health or PCSO

of the

Romero,

aid is very

added

much valued,"

president

Partvlist- Coalition of

Fouridation Inc

Romero said amending

the list of PWD's entitleil

to various benefits, includ-

ing

discounts on medi-

ciies and other basic

needs, could be the best

way of help CKD pa-

tients.

Under HB 2.1,20, the Philhealth is tasked to pro-

vide additional hemoclial-

ysis treatment coverage to

hllow oatients. especiallv those *ith end stale rendl

disease, to prepare for the

cost of havin^g a kidney

transplant.

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