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NKTI to use other dialysis method to cope with water shortage

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2019

File photo: A patient undergoes dialysis treatment

The National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) has announced that patients in their facility will undergo another dialysis method to cope with the water shortage.

During their press conference on Thursday, NKTI Executive Director Dr. Rosemarie Liquete said patients will now be treated using peritoneal dialysis (PD) which only requires around six liters of water.

The said method uses less water compared to hemodialysis which consumes 100 liters of water per session.

“Ang peritoneal dialysis, iyon iyong peritoneal dialysis fluid ang ilalagay sa abdominal cavity ng pasyente.  And then magwa-wash out iyong paglabas niya to empty na lahat ng mga toxins ng body, [In peritoneal dialysis, the peritoneal dialysis fluid will be put inside the patient’s abdominal cavity. And then it will wash out to empty all the toxins in the body]” Liquete said.

Meanwhile, Liquete has also announced that the NKTI is forced to shutdown the water supply in hospitals rooms to ensure that there will still be enough water for patients undergoing dialysis.

She added that the institute would need a minimum of 1,500 cubic meters of water to operate normally.—Aileen Cerrudo