Renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist Jean Henri D. Lhuillier, President and CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Incorporated donated 350 units of Hightop SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG Anti-body Rapid Test Kits to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to be utilized by the City Health Office in testing suspected cases of COVID-19.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo lauded the magnanimous contribution of Mr. Lhuillier, a venerable friend of the city, as this will boost the work of the City Health Office in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
But not everybody can avail of the Rapid Diagnostic Test considering the limited number of available kits. Hence, the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19 will abide by the Department of Health’s order of priority as follows:
1st PRIORITY– patients, including medical professionals and health workers that exhibits severe to critical symptoms of COVID-19 with known travel history or contact to a positive patient
2ND PRIORITY – medical professionals and health care workers with mild symptoms and known exposure to a positive patient. And all patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 classified as PUI, who are (1) known to be high risk with pre-existing medical condition and/or member of the vulnerable group (2) with known travel history or contact to a positive patient
3RD PRIORITY – medical professionals and health workers with no symptoms (asymptomatic) but with known exposure to a positive patient. And patients with no symptoms (asymptomatic) with known travel history or contact to a positive patient.
Dr. Talla said that the Rapid Diagnostic Test is to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of coronavirus infection disease (COVID-19), which is caused by SARS-CoV-2.
The test provides preliminary results. Negative results don’t preclude SARS-CoV-2 infection and they cannot be used as the sole basis of treatment or other management decision.