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COVID 19 Testing Laboratory in Batangas opens

By Lolitz Estrellado
July 3, 2020

COVID 19 Testing Laboratory in Batangas  opens
PRC Batangas Chapter Administrator Ronald Generoso said that the COVID 19 Testing Laboratory in Batangas was opened because of the cooperation and efforts of the local government and the PRC under the leadership of Senator Richard Gordon, it's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

BATANGAS CITY -The Batangas Medical Center formally opened its new COVID 19 Testing Laboratory in the city on 23 June 2020.

The project is being implemented through collaboration between the Department of Health Region 4A-Calabarzon, the Lyceum of the Philippine University of Batangas (LPU-B), and the Batangas Medical Center (BatMC) where it hopes to speed up the detection of COVID-19 cases in the province of Batangas.

According to DOH Regional Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo, despite the country's state of emergency health and the ever-increasing number of positive cases of COVID, testing facilities are one of the few solutions to the shortage of laboratory testing facilities in the region.

“Sa pamamagitan ng Gene Expert Laboratory na ito ay makakapagbigay tayo ng agarang resulta at mabisang paraan upang mapigilan ang mabilis na pagkalat ng anumang sakit. Hindi lamang ito gagamitin ngayong panahon ng pandemya kung kaya’t mahalaga na palagiang sumailalim sa pagsasanay ang mga health personnels kaugnay ng ibat-ibang sakit upang maging handa sakaling may ibang health emergency na mangyari”, Janairo said.

The facility will use Cartridge-Based Technology (Xpert-Xpress SARS COV 2 Rapid PCR Assay) for the study of specimens. It has real-time Reverse Transcriptase Rapid Polymerase Chain Reaction (rPT-PCR) given by LPU-B and is included in the tripartite agreement with DOH Calabarzon and BatTM.

The letter of intent, led by Dr. Janairo of the Department of Health, is sent on 24 March 2020. In the meantime, the WHO-RITM-DOH joint evaluation team carried out validation on 15 April 2020.

BatMC received a letter from RITM on 25 April 2020 stating that the TB culture lab had been temporarily classified as a COVID-19 testing laboratory where rapid PCR tests could be performed.

Three medical technologists were trained on April 28-30,2020 for three days. Personal training and competence assessments were also carried out prior to the final evaluation team visit and the License to Operate was issued on 18 June 2020.

According to the facility's policy, only 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Wednesday can consider specimens for COVID-19 tests to accommodate all non-virus-related specimens. Just 30 specimens are assigned to the research facility every day. (with reports from DOH Calabarzon)


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