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Uy libre! Belmonte backs free lab services for QC indigents

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Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte gave her full support to the measure providing free laboratory services to poor residents of Quezon City.

As presiding officer of the 37-member Quezon City council, Belmonte approved Ordinance No. SP-2686 or the Quezon City Clinical Laboratory Ordinance, a move to address lack of access of indigents to free and quality health services.

“Clinical laboratory services in private clinics and hospitals are usually expensive so we thought of putting up our own laboratories in our public health centers for our indigents,” the lady politiko said.

She said the city-operated clinical laboratory services “will contribute to maximizing interventions to improve the health and quality of life” of every city resident.

The clinical laboratories shall provide hematology, clinical microscopy, serology and immunohematology, clinical chemistry, and creatinine and electrolyte tests.

Meanwhile, a 30-percent discount on laboratory package services will also be granted to registered senior citizens, solo parents, and persons with disabilities.

Regular city hall employees and their dependents will also get 20 percent discount.