DOH eyes 10,000 COVID-19 tests per day by end of April

first_img“Hindipo ibig sabihin nito na lahat ng Pilipinoay itetest natin. Ang masstesting po na ating sinasabi ay isangmalawakang testing ng mga taong at risk sa COVID-19,” said Vergeire. MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) intendsto conduct around 8,000 to 10,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests perday by the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine. “Sa katapusan naman po ng Abril, ayang aming goal ay umabot po tayo ng8,000 hanggang 10,000 tests kada araw,” Vergeire said.”Ngayon po sa tulong ng ibanglaboratories umaabot na po sa 900 hanggang 1,200 ang ating na ite-test sa isang araw.” Vergeire said the department agrees withthe government’s idea to test more people. The DOH will soon release guidelinesexpounding on the qualifications for testing, what kits will be used and whowill interpret the data.center_img However, she clarified that only atargeted population namely persons under investigation and monitoring forpossible infection with symptoms and high-risk patients such as health workers,pregnant women and those with other medical conditions, such as cancer anddiabetes, will be included in the government’s plan to conduct “mass testing.” DOH Undersecretary Maria RosarioVergeire said in a virtual press conference the recent approval of the testkits developed by the University of the Philippines-National Institutes ofHealth would increase the “testing capacity” of the country. Vergeire stressed that only certifiedlaboratories can use the new tests, since they are PCR-based and not the rapidkind. PCR-based kits can directly detect the novel coronavirus in the patient’sbody while the rapid tests can find the antibodies that fight the infection./PNlast_img

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