SMC's Ramon Ang's donation to double PH COVID-19 testing capacity

SMC's Ramon Ang's donation to double PH COVID-19 testing capacity

San Miguel is really making a difference in this battle of the country against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 by making sure that it helps the Philippine government in its quest to stop the spreading of the fatal disease.

Thee country’s capacity will be doubling its coronavirus testing capacity said the Department of Health (DOH) after the diversified food conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) donated machines ang essential testing kits to help the government’s bid for a more wider scope in testing.

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) Director Celia Carlos says that with the donation Philippine labs will be able to carry out 9,500 tests per day from just 4,500 before.

SMC President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ramon Ang
(photo credit to SMC)

In its main office in Mandaluyong, San Miguel turned over to the DOH five sets of coronavirus testing machines – each consisting of two reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR) machines and one automated ribonucleic acid (RNA) extraction machine.

Combined, the machines are capable of 5,000 to 10,000 COVID-19 tests per day. 

Philippine labs will see that doubling in testing capacity by next week, when all machines are up, health officials said.

SMC has also donated 20,000 testing kits.
“It comes as a complete set. It comes with the swabbing. Eto yung pangkuha ng sample. It comes with the transport UTM, universal transport media. It comes with the enzyme. Kumpleto na,” Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said.
“It will be faster because of the automation. So that is why we appreciate the donation,” she added.
SMC President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ramon Ang is rallying his friends from the business sector to do more in helping the government by enabling the public health sector to be more effective in their quest to control the spreading of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m calling on all our friends to put together a fund so that we can buy all the kits to support the supplies to DOH so that they can continuously be able to process 20,000 patients a day,” San Miguel’s Ang said.
“Eh yung DOH, 'di ba ilang bilyon 'yung budget nila pambili niyan, kung makakabili sila at kung meron silang pambili kaagad. Kung wala, tutulong pa rin kami,” he added.

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