De Lima wants Senate to investigate 'real status' of COVID-19 mass testing in PH

De Lima wants Senate to investigate 'real status' of COVID-19 mass testing in PH

The opposition senator even in detention wants to know the “real status” of the coronavirus mass testing efforts of the government, she wants to know the level of testing in the country has "hampered our ability to control the spread of the virus."

Detained senator Leila De Lima has filed Senate Resolution No.45 which would like to seeks to "identify the reasons as to why" the Philippines is "still way behind on testing."

"The lack of effective mass testing has effectively hampered our ability to control the spread of the virus by denying us leads for contact tracing, which in turn prevents us from isolating and containing the infected individuals," Senator De Lima said in a statement.

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima
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"It appears that we are not only having difficulty scaling up the testing facilities, we are also having difficulty in providing the corresponding administrative infrastructure to support the testing program," she said.
As per record the country’s daily testing capacity as of May 25 has reached about 32,000, but the Department of Health (DOH) earlier said that it could process only up to 8,000 kits a day.
Data provided by government shows that Philippine Red Cross (PRC), a private organization, accounts for 45 percent of the total coronavirus tests in the Philippines.

Around 21 percent of tests are in private laboratories, coronavirus testing czar Vince Dizon told lawmakers in a Senate hearing.
The remaining 16 percent are conducted by state-run Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), and 18 percent in other government facilities.

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