City gets Rapid Covid Test Kits

Dumaguete City receives several washable Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) donated by Senator Grace Poe for COVID-19 frontliners through her friends Tonton Rojas, Sandra Gonzalez and Lucille Sienes. Present during the delivery of the items were Mayor Remollo (left) Dr. K. Coo, City Health Officer Maria Sarah B. Talla and Councilor Lilani Ramon. These will be used by the City Health Workers assigned in the laboratory and Isolation Center for Persons Under Monitoring or PUMS.

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.