Isko FROM left: Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla and Congressman Yul Servo led the inauguration of the new center that will use a robotic system for treating patients with stroke and brain injuries as demonstrated by a patient (right). Photo by Jerry S. Tan

Sta. Ana Hospital offers new center for stroke victims

January 17, 2022 Itchie G. Cabayan 659 views

A new center using a high-tech robotic system to aid stroke victims and those with brain injuries was opened at the Sta. Ana Hospital (SAH) yesterday.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Congressman Yul Servo, and SAH Director Dr. Grace Padilla jointly led the inauguration of the new Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine and Robotics Center which will utilize a new hybrid-assisted limb robotic exoskeleton that can aid and rehabilitate various neuro issues like stroke, spinal cord, traumatic brain injury and other issues of the brain, neuromuscular system that causes weakness and paralysis in upper and lower extremities.

Moreno took pride in the SAH which he said: “really paid the price but on the other side, became the center of excellence in its field of undertaking.”

The mayor was referring to the number of medical staff that got infected during the pandemic, not sparing even Padilla and the head of the infectious disease control center. Recently, 14 personnel of the molecular testing laboratory in the said hospital also got infected, causing the release of swab results to get delayed, from the usual 24 hours to 72 hours.

“Nung tinamaan ako, I thank those people who offered me the best facilities in fairness to the private sector but I opted to stay at Sta. Ana because of the experience of our doctors, nurses, and frontliners. Sa awa ng Diyos, nadale ko naman,” Moreno said, expressing his confidence in the capabilities of city health and hospital personnel.