PH poised to start mass COVID-19 testing by April 14

first_imgGalvez also said that the conversion ofthe Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila into a quarantine facility is expected tobe completed this week. Other quarantine areas include the World Trade Center,Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, and the Philippine InternationalConvention Center in Pasay City./PN Presidential Peace Adviser CarlitoGalvez, chief implementer of the national government’s response to the COVID-19outbreak, said they have asked Department of Health to speed up theaccreditation of more coronavirus testing facilities. “We’re also determined to fast track theaccreditation of subnational laboratories so we can start the massive testingof the PUIs (persons under investigation) and the PUMs (persons undermonitoring),” Galvez said. “We expect that by April 14 we should be ableto start massive testing.” As of Friday, there were already ninehospitals accredited by the DOH to conduct COVID-19 testing, including the WestVisayas Medical Center in Iloilo City. “We first need to contain thespread of the virus, that’s why we conducted a lockdown, social distancing andalso segregation of those vulnerable. The next step is we have to have masstesting,” Galvez said. PHOTO BY REUTERS “We are pushing for the DOH to havethat kind of massive testing, at least the rate is, we have at least 2,000 to3,000 (per day). For now I think their capability is only 1,000 and now we havemore than 20,000 PUIs and PUMs that need to be tested,” he added. According to Galvez, the PUIs and PUMs –composed mostly of those with COVID-19 symptoms and those who had contact withknown cases – will be quarantined as soon as facilities are available. MANILA – The Philippine government iseyeing to kick start on April 14 a “massive testing” for persons suspected tohave contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). last_img

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