HUNDREDS of senior citizens in Barangay Buensuceso, Arayat town benefitted from the medical mission sponsored by mayoral aspirant Marlon Balagtas and runningmate vice-mayoralty bet Jeff Luriz.
Beneficiaries were able to avail themselves of free medical services such as blood pressure (BP) monitoring and glucometer testing during the activity held on Friday, October 22.
The tandem, together with their councilorables, also distributed free BP monitor and glucometer devices to barangay health workers for community use, and prescription glasses and wheelchairs to indigent residents.
Balagtas said the medical mission was aimed at assisting and bringing closer to the elderly the medical care they need, especially in this time of pandemic when going to hospital is unsettling.
"Kaunting lang sa ating mga lolo't lola pero alam namin na malaking bagay lalo na ngayon may pandemic, kahit magpa-check up lang sa mata ay nakakatakot dahil sa virus," he said.
Luriz, for his part, said the medical mission is part of their team's goal of providing long-term programs to people of Arayat.
"Itong mga devices, mga prescription glasses at wheelchair, hindi lang pangmadalian na paggising nila kinabukasan, wala na iyong naitulong namin. Ang pangarap namin, maibigay ang kailangan ng mga tao at magagamit ng pangmatagalan," he said.
He added that the activity is also a testament of their tandem's platform of prioritizing the healthcare needs of the people if they get elected.
"Sa panahon ng pandemya, at kahit hindi pa, napakaimportante ng healthcare services dahil buhay ng tao ang pinag-uusapan kaya pangarap namin na magkaroon ng maayos at murang serbisyong medikal para sa mga Arayeteños," he said.