OVP gives P14-M worth of test kits to COVID-19 testing centers in Luzon

OVP gives P14-M worth of test kits to COVID-19 testing centers in Luzon

The Office of the Vice President is making giant strides in helping every Filipino in this time of health crisis brought about by the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s office has just procured P14 million-worth of test kits developed by scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP) for some testing centers in Luzon to boost the country’s efforts for COVID-19 testing.

According to the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) media release, VP Robredo on Friday (April 24) visited the office of test kit manufacturer Manila HealthTek, Inc. and personally spoke with microbiologist and infectious diseases expert Dr. Raul Destura.

Vice President Leni Robredo
(photo credit to OVP's Twitter account)

Dr. Destura is the one who led the team from the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health and Philippine Genome Center (UP-NIHPGC)  in developing the GenAmplify™️ COVID-19 rRT-PCR Detection Kit.
As per the OVP the said sets will be delivered to the facilities accredited as laboratories for COVID-19 testing contain detection and extraction kits that can be used to conduct a total of 10,000 tests.

The said health facilities will include San Lazaro Hospital in Manila City; Lung Center of the Philippines and V. Luna Hospital in Quezon City; and Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory in Legazpi City, Albay.

The OVP explain thru its Facebook post that the hospitals and Bicol diagnostic laboratory were chosen as they have yet to receive UP test kits from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
“Bahagi ang hakbang na ito ng patuloy na pagtutulak ni VP Leni na paigtingin pa ng pamahalaan ang pagsasagawa ng testing, upang masiguro na maihihiwalay ang mga nakakuha ng virus, lalo na’t may mga kaso ng asymptomatic patients, o iyong mga hindi nagpapakita ng sintomas,” the OVP said.
It added: “Umaasa tayo na sa pamamagitan ng tulong na ito ay mas mapagtitibay pa natin ang ating sama-samang pagkilos sa ating laban sa COVID-19.”

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