THE Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) has provided P8.5 million to help the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City provide holistic rehabilitation care and medicine to patients in Central Visayas.

VSMMC’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (VSMMC-DRM) is the government-designated Regional Rehabilitation Center of Central Visayas. And as such, it is expected to serve the region’s eight million people.

Central Visayas groups the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

“To support the Regional Rehabilitation Center in caring for patients within Central Visayas, Rafi, through a donation by the Aboitiz-Moraza Family, has provided a grant to VSMMC for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Phase 2 of the VSMMC’s Regional Rehabilitation Center,” Rafi said in a statement.

The Department of Health covered Phase 1 of the construction, the foundation said.

Rafi and the VSMMC held a groundbreaking ceremony to start Phase 2 of the Regional Rehabilitation Center Renovation Project last April 8.

Completion of Phase 2 is expected by August 2022.

Rafi’s grant, valued at P8.5 million, covers the construction, refurbishment and renovation of several services and sections of the rehabilitation center, including its Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Adult Physical Dysfunction OT, and a portion of the Adult Physical Therapy sections, and the Sensory Integration of Pediatric Patients, Activities of Daily Living Training, and Orthosis and Prosthesis Factory services.

The grant also covers the working lounge for PT, OT and speech therapists, the patients’ waiting lounge, and the built-in oxygen supply for the rehab ward.

“The hospital’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has been working hard to cater to as many patients as possible. With the eventual completion of the rehabilitation center, the hospital would be able to help more patients from Central Visayas, providing much needed rehabilitation care to patients,” said Riella Mae Guioguio, chief operating officer of Rafi.

Once completed, the center would be able to cater to more patients and provide affordable orthoses and prostheses, including spinal and leg braces as well as artificial limbs.

The center would also serve as a facility for rehabilitation medicine doctors to train and practice in the Visayas, the Cebu-based non-stock, non-profit organization said.