True to the mandate of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Clinical Research Division (CRD) serves to link the institute to the patients and other stakeholders in need of its clinical expertise, diagnostic facilities, and research capabilities. Driven by its three main thrusts namely, research, training and service, the division aims to improve health outcomes among Filipinos afflicted with infectious, tropical, and dermatological diseases. RITM, through the CRD, provides inpatient hospital services as well as other outpatient clinical services which include an HIV Clinic, TB DOTS Clinic, Animal Bite, and a General Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic.
ANIMAL BITE CENTER
As the leading center for the training and skills-building for rabies and animal bite management, the RITM Animal Bite Clinic provides comprehensive treatment for patients who suffer from animal bites (such as dogs, cats, rodents, etc.) which includes, but not limited to, post-exposure anti-rabies and anti-tetanus vaccinations. Active PhilHealth members can avail of the Animal Bite Package and the free anti-rabies vaccine provided by the Department of Health. The clinic is open from Monday to Friday (except holidays), 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Initial Registration Fee: Php 25, Initial Consultation Fee: Php 100, Follow-up Consultation Fee: Php 50).
CENTER FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND TRAVEL MEDICINE
The institute needs to be at pace with globalization and the associated health risks. CIDTRAM aims to address the medical concerns of travellers providing expert advice on vaccination and other measures to prevent the acquisition of travel-related illnesses. Its roster of infectious disease experts also complements the other clinical services provided by RITM. CIDTRAM is open Mondays to Saturdays (except holidays), 8:00 am – 12:00nn and 1:00-5:00 pm. (Consultation fee starts at Php 500)
Patients with skin problems can receive quality and comprehensive care offered by the RITM Dermatology Clinic. The team of Philippine Dermatologic Society-accredited consultants and residents provide treatment to skin conditions of various complexity which includes holistic acne management, cauterization, phototherapy, and leprosy among others. The clinic is open Mondays to Fridays, except holidays. (Registration cut-off time for old and new patient is 9:00 am; Initial registration fee: Php 25; Initial consultation fee: Php 100; Follow-up consultation fee: Php 50)
Equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and diagnostic services, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine offers outpatient clinical services to patients with infectious and tropical diseases. The General Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic is open 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Mondays thru Fridays (except Thursdays and holidays). (Initial registration fee: Php 25, Initial consultation fee: Php 100, Follow-up consultation fee: Php 50)
The institute also has a DOH-accredited TB-DOTS Clinic that offers free diagnostic (direct sputum smear microscopy, Gene Xpert for MTB/Rif, TB culture) and treatment services for patients with tuberculosis. The RITM TB-DOTS Clinic is open Mondays to Fridays except holidays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.