PGHMFI donates Cautery Machine to Division of Urology

PGHMFI President Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. (center), Mme. Lolita Escobar—Mirpuri-PGHMFI Corporate Secretary(7th from Left), Dr. Telesforo E. Gana Jr.—Urology Unit Head (1st from Left), Dr. Eduardo Gatchalian—Dept. of Surgery Chairman ( 6th from Left) with Urology Consultants and Residents.


The division of Urology of the Philippine General Hospital received a new cautery machine compatible their urologic endoscopic equipment.

For the last 10 years, the surgery department of the Urology division has managed to function using a single cautery machine for their operations, both charity and pay. Based on their census, the division caters to more than 10,000 patients per year with prostate problems. Their endoscopic equipment has compatibility issues that is why utmost care and periodic maintenance measures were set to keep their cautery machine, the only one well-matched  to the said endoscopic apparatus, efficiently working.  But the inevitable has happened when said machine finally broke down and was found irreparable due to unavailability of spare parts. Hence, their long list of patients in line for admission are now on hold. As much as they want to alleviate their sufferings and cure them of their diseases, they are hindered by the lack of equipment. Through the PGHMF’s objectives, aside from its assistance to indigent patients, is to provide medical equipment and machines to the hospital. Thus, the foundation extended its support to the Urology division by donating a Valleylab Force FX cautery unit amounting to Php 600,000.00. With this development, the depatment’s services such as TURP (Transurethral resection of the Prostate) and TURBT (Transurethral resection of bladder tumor) are expected to resume immediately.  This donation is in line with PGHMF’s effort of assisting PGH in providing quality health care to all its patients.