Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura congratulates Dr. Enrique Tayag of San Lazaro Hospital after signing the grant contract for “The Project for the Installation of an X-Ray Machine in the Radiology Department of San Lazaro Hospital” on September 29, 2010 at the Embassy of Japan. The ceremony was witnessed by the representatives from San Lazaro Hospital and the Embassy of Japan.
Japanese Ambassador Makoto Ka ts ura and Dr. Enrique A. Tayag, Officer-in-Charge of San Lazaro Hospital and the concurrent Director IV of the National Epidemiology Center, signed the grant contract for “The Project for the Installation of an X-Ray Machine in the Radiology Department of San Lazaro Hospital” on September 29, 2010 at the Embassy of Japan. The project, amounting to US$79,724 (approximately 3.7 million pesos), is funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects ( GGP ).
San Lazaro Hospital is known as the national referral center in the Philippines for infectious diseases such as pneumonia and pulmonary tuberculosis . The hospital has a 500-bed capacity and provides free health care service particularly for the underprivileged sectors of the society.
At present, the Radiology Department of the hospital has only one functioning X-ray machine which can only accommodate 20-30 patients per day. It is difficult for the p atients of the hospital to avail of private clinics, considering their average income only reach 2,500-3,500 pesos.
With the grant assistance, San Lazaro Hospital will purchase a new X-ray machine to improve the service for its patients suffering from infectious diseases. The Radiology Department is expected to increase the number of patients who can have access to X-ray procedures (around 70 patients per day).
GGP was launched in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. As of March 2010, 434 grassroots projects funded by GGP – ranging from roughly 1 to 4 million pesos – have been implemented by NGOs, local government units and other non-profit organizations. The total grant for these projects so far amounts to US$18,982,775.