COVID19 testing soon in region 8!!!


"Region 8 will have its own laboratory capable of detecting Covid-19 at EVRMC along Magsaysay Blvd, Tacloban City", a posted by the facebook page of Department of Health EV  CHD Health Promotion.

Confirmatory testing for COVID-19 requires Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR tests detects the actual presence of the virus. It determines if an individual is positive with the virus even when he/she is asymptomatic. Hence, it is the gold standard in testing for COVID-19. There are available conventional PCR in the region but not for COVID laboratory RT-PCR. This is a highly technical process that not only involves having the kits and the right machine, but also the proper safety infrastructure like a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2), standard operating procedures for emergencies and highly trained staff on biohazard safety. The strict compliance to the requirements is of utmost importance because this will safeguard the welfare of those who work inside the laboratory and the surrounding community where the laboratory is situated.





Confirmatory testing for COVID-19 requires Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR tests detects the actual presence of the virus. It determines if an individual is positive with the virus even when he/she is asymptomatic. Hence, it is the gold standard in testing for COVID-19. There are available conventional PCR in the region but not for COVID laboratory RT-PCR. This is a highly technical process that not only involves having the kits and the right machine, but also the proper safety infrastructure like a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2), standard operating procedures for emergencies and highly trained staff on biohazard safety. The strict compliance to the requirements is of utmost importance because this will safeguard the welfare of those who work inside the laboratory and the surrounding community where the laboratory is situated.




Here are some of the progress in our testing accreditation process:

Proposed Regional COVID-19 Test Center has completed its self-assessment and risk assessment.

80% of safety infrastructure requirements done.
90% of machines needed are available. RT-PCR machine is for delivery.
Awaiting for the assessment team from DOH-Central, WHO and RITM to conduct an on-site visit to check the correctness of self-assessment.
Ready for 3rd stage laboratory accreditation.
MOA with Leyte Province for the use of the building.




This is a good news for everybody in the Region as testing will be faster and nearer all of us.




1 comment:

  1. Region 8 is more than ready to have a COVID 19 TESTING center as we have the most modernized HEALTH/EVRMC Hospital in the region including sufficient Hospital building as Quarantine facility at the old EVRMC at Tacloban downtown for PUIs & PUMs..

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