By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Today, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, seniors who need medicines for hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol will get them for free through the city’s Senior Citizen Maintenance Medicine Program.
In the restarted program, each senior citizen who was diagnosed with a medical condition will be given medicines like Losartan (50mg/tab), Amlodipine (5mg/tab), Metformin (500mg/tab), and Simvastatin (20mg/tab).
This program of free medicine was based on City Ordinance no. SP-2892 passed in December 2019, authored by Majority Leader Franz Pumaren, Coun. Donny Matias, and Coun. Imee Rillo, and is about to start again this month to aid more elderlies into the program.
“Sa pamamagitan ng programang ito, tutuldukan na natin ‘yung matagal nang suliranin ng mga mahihirap nating mamamayan, lalo na ng mga senior citizen, na walang pambili ng gamot pang-maintenance. Sinisikap ng pamahalaang lungsod na maging accessible para sa lahat ang dekalidad na serbisyong medikal (By this program, we are going to stop the root of the problem of our citizens, especially the seniors who can not afford to buy medicines for maintenance. Our city government is doing its best for the medical service to be accessible for all),” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
Seniors who want to be a part of the program will have to register at their nearest health center. They have to show their QC ID or their existing Office the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) ID.
Once signed, they will undergo a physical exam and check-up by the assigned health center doctor. They will be given prescriptions if they don’t have any and they can have the meds.
They can claim their monthly stock of meds every first Tuesday of the month, which is stated as Senior Citizens Day in all of the 65 health centers of QC.
For patients who need medicines that health centers are lacking, they will be referred to the Social Services Development Department for medical assistance.
Aside from the free drugs, the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) also hands out free flu and pneumococcal vaccines to seniors.
Health center staff also normally checks up on bedridden seniors. They receive services such as free lab exams and dental workups.
“This is just among our city’s programs for our dearest senior citizens. Sinisiguro po namin na alaga po kayo rito sa Quezon City (This is just among our city’s programs for our dearest senior citizens. We make sure that you are cared for here in Quezon City),” Mayor Belmonte added. (ai/mtvn)