The good news is there are now not just one but five PCR machines which are capable of testing for COVID19 cases, machines to conduct Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental costing P4Million pesos each.
Those who have acquired the expensive COVID19 U.S. IMPORTED RT-PCR test machines called… the GeneXpert Machines are: Silliman University Medical Center, the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital and three district hospitals of cities like Bayawan, Tanjay and Guihulngan.
The three cities have not yet actually received the PCR machines but they are now allocated officially by the Dept. of Health.
This is the best news that has happened since the COVID19 pandemic that gripped this community with the rest of the Covid-rocked world. But thank God our doctors, hospitals and frontliners have finally acquired these RT-PCR GENEXPERT TESTING MACHINES for COVID19 AND even TUBERCULOSES PATIENTS.
This was confirmed by Roberto Montebon, president of SUMC FOUNDATION INC. in an interview by DEYFM fm CROSTALK SHOW.
COVID KNOWLEDGE AND MANAGEMENT is being run by two teams namely the SUMC Covid Assessment and Review B oard headed by Dr. Dehuel Cuyacot of SUMC and the SUMC Covid Knowledge & Management Assessment team headed by Dr. Julius Ligo head of clinical services of both Silliman Medical Center and the Holy Child Hospital.
The Silliman Medical Center president said that what is lacking now is the specific room structure for the machine which is strictly required to be secured by the Dept. of Health.
Another lack is the specific testing kits which only the GeneXpert machine will exclusively supply.. Made in the U.S.A. the test kits will also come from the U.S.A. Thanks to the Dept of Health, the machines and test kits have suppliers in Manila and will shortly ship it to the SUMC.
GeneXpert test kits can reportedly provide results after 45 minutes — way faster than the RT-PCR test which has a turnaround time of at least 24 hours. Montebon said that once operational, at least the new RT PCR test machine for Covid 19 can test more than ten patients in every 8 hour basis.
DOH also reported that there are 64 laboratories that are in Stage 3 and Stage 4 of its five-stage accreditation process. Silliman Medical Center will be included while the four others will follow the NOPH and the district hospitals of Baywan, Tanjay and Guihulngan.
The government earlier said it is eyeing to have a total of 78 COVID-19 testing laboratories by the end of May in order to reach its 30,000 tests a day goal.
Nationwide, there are 15,049 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 9,019, including 3,506 recoveries and 904 deaths as of May 27.
Montebon said the COVID19 testing laboratory room structure at the Silliman Medical Center compound will be finished in one month or July at the latest. Montebon said the machines are here, the personnel and technicians have been trained, only the specified laboratory structure remains to be lacking and will be finished in late June.
City Mayor Felipe Remollo who is also director of the SUMC BOARD, has been asked by the people of Dumaguete to help follow up the inspection for the accreditation of the SILLIMAN MEDICAL CENTER as COVID19 Laboratory Testing Cenlter. Remollo as director of the Sillman Medical Center board and has strong Manila connections, so they say, consisting of his fraternity law brods at the Ateneo, his vast legal clientele , and his classmates in law school mostly.
By: John Esguerra@DJEsguerraINQINQUIRER.net
06:30 PM May 29, 2020
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday that the Philippines now has 30 laboratories nationwide that are capable of detecting SARS CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
This comes after DOH approved the accreditation of the Asian Hospital and Medical Center and Allegiant Regional Care Hospital to conduct Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests.
There are now 28 licensed RT-PCR laboratories in the country, according to DOH, since the Lung Center of the Philippines and Zamboanga City Medical Center were designated as GeneXpert rapid testing facilities.