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Marikina eyes COVID-19 testing center

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Marikina City plans to set up a laboratory testing center for the early detection of residents who are believed to be infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The city government partnered with Manila Health Tek Inc., the first biotechnology private company for health in the country, which is a spinoff of University of the Philippines-Manila.

Marikina City is procuring 3, 000 COVID-19 testing kits from the said firm.

“This is to immediately test persons under monitoring or PUM. This will liberate a person after he is tested. What’s good is that he no longer has to worry,” Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said.

He said the doctors of the Marikina City Health Office (CHO) will be trained by the scientist and doctors of the Manila Health Tek Inc.

The mayor said this will help in the setting up of a molecular laboratory.

Maria Carmen Ocampo, Sales and Marketing manager of Manila Health Tek, explained the testing kits determines whether a person is infected with the virus.

Teodoro and Ocampo clarified this move does not disrupt the protocol of the Department of Health (DoH), since those tested will still receive an examination from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

“We are not disrupting the protocol of DoH, because whoever is going to get tested here will still get tested at RITM. We are just helping to have an early detection,” he said.

Results will be available in just two hours.

Earlier, Teodoro showed the decontamination tents that he was planning to buy and put at City Hall, the City Health Office and other crowded areas in the Marikina.

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