The City Government of Navotas officially signed a laboratory testing agreement with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to boost the city’s testing capacities for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Navotas allotted P5 million for the purchase of 1,428 polymerase chain reaction-based (PCR) kits that will be processed in PRC laboratories.
The partnership sought to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Navotas through extensive testing of suspected cases, high risk and vulnerable citizens, and city frontliners.
Under the agreement, PRC will provide laboratory testing services, including the collection kits for specimen samples and transport media.
The PRC, after receipt of the specimen sample, will send the test results to the city government via e-mail within a 48–120 hours.
They must also submit the same to the Department of Health (DOH), Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and other necessary agencies.
On the other hand, Navotas must ensure that city health personnel, who will take the specimen swabs, underwent proper training in accordance with the standards of DOH and RITM.
“The need for COVID-19 testing is evident because the number of positive patients continues to increase.
Results of the tests will help us decide what further actions to take to protect our constituents,” Mayor Toby Tiangco said.
“Teams have already been deployed today at Brgys. San Jose, San Roque, Daanghari and Tangos North and South. They will take swabs from all suspected and probable cases, as well as frontliners,” he added.
As of May 3, Navotas recorded 48 confirmed, 104 suspected and 137 probable COVID-19 cases.
Source: Jerome Carlo R. Paunan, Philippine Information Agency, May 5, 2020