NKTI may resume full operations Friday

by Nina Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2014 03:14 PM | Updated as of Jun 13 2014 12:58 AM

MANILA - The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) Hemodialysis Center is almost 100 percent fully operational after it shut down last week when some patients experienced chills during dialysis.

Dr. Romina Danguilan, head of the center, said they are now servicing 90 patients. The number of patients went down to as low as 40.

If all goes well, they expect to be fully operational tomorrow, Friday, with the usual 120 dialysis patients a day.

Danguilan said because of the incident, they changed their filters, drugs, and other medical equipment, "Parang lahat, bago na."

The NKTI earlier announced an investigation into all possible sources of contamination from the water, dialyzer and other equipment used in dialysis.

All came out negative for contamination.

Danguilan said it is now up to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to announce the root cause of the problem, which she fears may have something to do with the drugs being used in dialysis.

There is nothing conclusive yet, she said.

The FDA is expected to come out with the results next week.