Manila now capable of 1,000+ COVID-19 tests per week

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has given the green light to the city’s health department and six district hospital to conduct localized targeted mass testing.

In a statement, Domagoso said, the Manila City government is now capable of conducting more than a thousand COVID-19 swab tests a week.

Domagoso has designated Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan to lead the localized targeted mass testing operations.

Pangan said the following health facilities operated by the city government are now capable of conducting about 232 COVID-19 swab tests per day, or 1,624 per week:

MHD/Delpan Quarantine Facility — 50 tests per day;

Ospital ng Maynila — 20 tests;

Sta. Ana Hospital/MIDCC — 30 tests;

Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center — 50 tests;

Ospital ng Tondo — 17 tests;

Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital — 15 tests;

Ospital ng Sampaloc — 50 tests.

All swab tests will be processed either by the Department of Health’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) or the University of the Philippines Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH).

Dr. Gap Legaspi, UP-PGH Director, has committed to the Manila City government that they can release the results in two to three days.

As of writing, about 934 swab tests have already been conducted by the Manila City government.

The breakdown is as follows:

Sta Ana Hospital/MIDCC — 451 tests;

Manila Health Department — 190 tests;

Ospital ng Maynila — 106 tests;

Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center — 55 tests;

Ospital ng Tondo — 30 tests;

Ospital ng Sampaloc — 44 tests;

and Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital — 40 tests.

Pangan said, the effort is part of the City’s CODE COVID-19 (Contain and Delay) action plan which aims to slow the spread of the disease while the government tries to isolate infected patients from the communities.

He also shared that the hospitals operated by the Manila City government are now authorized to send COVID-19 patients to the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, which was recently turned into a quarantine facility by the national government.

Pangan said the local government will be sending three COVID-19 patients to the facility today, April 13.

Source: Susan de Leon, Philippine Information Agency, Manila PIO, April 13, 2020