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Bulacan readies more than 1,000 swab testing kits for mass testing
By: PPAO
Thursday, 07 May 2020
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5 MILLION PESOS WORTH OF SWAB TESTING KITS FOR BULAKENYOS. Personnel from the Bulacan Incident Command Post with a Bulacan doctor (left) check some of the 1,428 pieces swab testing kits purchased by the Provincial Government of Bulacan from the Philippine Red Cross yesterday worth P5 million to be used for mass testing of suspected COVID-19 cases and medical frontliners. INSET: Thousands of pieces of storage reagents where samples from the patients will be kept. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS - The Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Daniel R. Fernando and Vice Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado have entered a Memorandum of Agreement with Philippine Red Cross in purchasing a total of 1,428 swab testing kits last Tuesday worth P5 million to be used for mass testing of suspect, probable and medical front liners in the province.

According to Incident Commander and Provincial Health Office-Public Health Head Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, the province has initially distributed swab testing kits from the Department of Health (DOH), which were already distributed to different government and private hospitals as well as LGUs from the Municipal Health Office (MHO).
The mass testing will be held on the designated COVID-19 facilities from the LGUs of the cities and towns with confirmed cases and the results will take 48 hours to determine whether the patient is negative or positive from the virus.

Meanwhile, Fernando hopes that the additional swab testing kits available in Bulacan will help minimize and control the spread of the virus in the province.

"Sa pakikipagtulungan ng Philippine Red Cross, inaasahan ko po na mas madali natin makokontrol ang paglaganap ng COVID-19. Kailangan nating ihanda ang ating lalawigan lalo na sa mga susunod pang araw, habang tumatagal ang panahon. Sa katunayan ay nakamura ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan sa halagang P5 milyon para sa mga testing kits na ito dahil ito ay packaged na mula sa examination test hanggang sa pagkuha ng resulta," the governor said.

As of 4pm today, the Bulacan Provincial Health Office-Public Health Surveillance Team has reported 128 confirmed positive cases, 40 recoveries, 26 deaths with 962 active suspect and 133 probable cases.

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