Leo Díaz presents health proposals
SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party (NPP) San Juan mayoral candidate Leo Díaz presented Tuesday a healthcare model focused on prevention, as part of his government platform ahead of the elections Nov. 8.
During a press conference at his committee headquarters in Hato Rey, the candidate emphasized the reopening of the Antillas Clinic in Río Piedras.
“Health models must be geared toward the prevention of diseases and constant monitoring of our elderly adults to care for their health, regardless of their ailments. Statistics show this population is increasing when compared to our youth, which is why they need more attention,” Díaz explained.
The candidate’s proposal is focused on education, prevention and healthcare.
As a first point, Díaz assured he would establish a home test-screening service for patients with chronic diseases and mobility problems. In addition, the mayoral hopeful would create an annual screening system for children of both public and private education systems to prevent diseases.
“I have seen cases in which parents don’t know the conditions their children face. With this system, once a year we will go to schools to perform tests and analyses to children, free-of-charge. We need to change the paradigm of acting when one is already sick. We need to stop the development of diseases in children and promote a culture of prevention. Let these kids grow with the notion that they must perform medical examinations annually,” he assured.
Díaz wants to reopen the Antillas Clinic to provide rehabilitation therapy, as well as creating an advanced system of mobile units to provide health services at several communities to identify diseases.
In addition, the politician affirmed he would rehabilitate the municipal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) infrastructure so it can offer higher quality service.
Díaz added his goal is to transform the CDC into San Juan residents’ first option, whether they have private medical plans or not, by improving its services.