The elders of Quezon City won’t have to worry about their maintenance medicine as its government is launching a new initiative to provide it free of charge. 

On Monday (April 4), the QC government announced the launching of the Senior Citizens Maintenance Medicine Program that will cover the maintenance medicine of senior citizens, specifically hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Medicine such as losartan (50mg/tab) and amlodipine (5mg/tab) for hypertension, metformin (500mg/tab) for those with diabetes, and simvastatin (20mg/tab) for those with high cholesterol will be available at health centers as long as supplies last. 

According to the local government, the implementation of the said initiative will start on Tuesday (April 5).

To be eligible, seniors should register at https://quezoncity.gov.ph/covid-19-watch/hospitals-and-health-centers-directory/. They must also bring their senior citizen identification and medical prescriptions when going to health centers to procure medicine. 

Those who successfully follow the instructions will be given free maintenance medicines on a monthly basis – depending on their needs. 

QC’s free medicine program is based on City Ordinance no. SP-2892 passed in December 2019. It was relaunched recently to accommodate more senior citizens.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said the program will provide needed assistance, especially for those who can’t afford to buy maintenance medicine for themselves. 

“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,” she explained. 

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