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Marcos says Filipinos 'reaping fruits' of father's admin building NKTI

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday said that Filipinos are now "reaping the fruits" of the building of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute during the administration of his late father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Since it began operations in 1983, Marcos said NKTI "has since grown into a world-class specialized institution that is at the forefront of our battle against kidney disease."

"He and his administration saw the importance of building an institution that is dedicated to renal healthcare and management, as well as the necessity of having a lead center for renal care and organ transplantation," he said.

"Now, we are reaping the fruits of their foresight and investments in our fight to uplift the conditions of Filipinos with kidney-related diseases," he added.

Marcos urged the NKTI to continue being catalysts for universal healthcare.

Marcos said the NKTI has always "adhered to the highest standards of quality patient care by providing affordable and timely diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation to your patients."

"I ask your institution to continue being catalysts for universal healthcare by innovative solutions that decrease our country’s mortality rate in kidney diseases," Marcos said during the 40th founding anniversary of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

"Let me also take this time to convey my gratitude to our hardworking doctors, nurses, and the personnel of the NKTI for your dedication, your competence, your expertise in providing quality renal care and alleviating the suffering of Filipinos with kidney disease," he added.

The President vowed to support the NKTI in its needs for advancement and development.

"We owe you a debt that cannot be repaid, and we will see to it that your institution gets all the help that is necessary for its advancement and its progress," Marcos said.

"I think that I cannot finish without adding to that the thanks of so many Filipinos whose lives you saved during the pandemic. NKTI served a central – as a central focus for our pandemic response and the sacrifices that were made by the men and women of NKTI have not gone unnoticed by a grateful nation," he added.—LDF, GMA Integrated News