St. Luke's Medical Center to hold free clinic for QC indigents

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA)--The St. Luke's Medical Center (SLMC) is set to hold free clinic for indigent Quezon City residents.

At least 2,000 indigent patients will benefit from the free clinic services set on October 11 at the Quezon City Hall.

Mayor Herbert M. Bautista urged city residents to avail themselves of the one-day free clinic to be jointly undertaken by the QC government and SLMC in an effort to extend the benefits of a responsive health care program to more city residents, especially the poor.

QC street sweepers, traffic enforcers, senior citizens and low-income city hall employees have also been included in the list of the program beneficiaries.

The annual free clinic, which offers ambulatory, medical, dental and surgical procedures, including diagnostic, ancillary and therapeutic services, is part of Quezon City's celebration of its founding anniversary.

For this year's medical mission, QC and SLMC will allocate 2,000 slots including 500 for medical services, 500 pediatrics, 100 dermatology, 100 dental, 50, surgery, 100 ophthalmology, 60 OB-gynecology, 100 orthopedics and the remaining medical slots for EENT, bone density and cataract screening.

The QC government will convert QC hall buildings and offices into temporary hospital wards, including the newly-built Disaster Risk and Reduction Management building at Kalayaan Avenue, City Treasurer's Office (CTO) and Social Services Development Department (SSDD) to facilitate the administration of the various medical services of the SMLC.

SSDD Head Teresa Mariano said that the event, which is now a continuing partnership between the QC government and SLMC, is a testimony of their commitment to provide optimum health care to QC residents especially the indigents.

"Before it was just an activity, but now, the free clinic has become a tradition for both QC and SLMC," added Mariano, who was tasked to oversee the conduct of the free clinic.

Since 2004, the health program of QC government and SLMC has already benefitted over 10,000. (QC PAISO/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)

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