Dr. Leamor Fangonilo, BGHMC Public Health Unit Head, reported during the DOH – Cordillera- led online media briefing Tuesday that with three RT – PCR machines and even with limited number of medical technologists working in their molecular laboratory, COVID – 19 testing is running at its full capacity. It is even reaching up to maximum of 300 specimens a day to cope with the test specimens from regions 1, 2 and CAR.
Fangonilo disclosed that in the past 24 hours they have ran 682 test processes bringing their backlog to 1,670. By continuing to work double time and with the availability of 5,750 more test kits, they hope to clear their back log and return to the normal processing.
BGHMC as a sub- national laboratory for COVID – 19 has already processed 8,040 tests including 3,183 test specimens from CAR.
For the expanded mass testing, DOH – CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan shared that priority are the geographical areas that have confirmed cases like Baguio and Benguet. Other local government units have already been directed to regulate the submission of test specimen and prioritize suspect cases that have moderate to severe symptoms.
Pangilinan calls for the understanding on the expanded mass testing since at the moment it is still focused on risk – based testing and cannot be implemented yet for the general public.
For COVID – 19 case management, Fangonilo affirmed the readiness of BGHMC which has 26 COVID- related cases admitted including 12 confirmed positive cases.
Among the 12 admitted at BGHMC are nine health workers that are now in good health conditions and expected to be sent home anytime soon, Fangonilo added.
With the pandemic still far from over, Fangonilo said COVID-19 detection and management will be a new normal that BGHMC will continue to integrate in improving its overall health services. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar