Mega quarantine and testing facility opens in Taguig
Taguig City local government opened its mega quarantine and testing facility last September 25. The facility, which is located at Lakeshore Complex in Barangay Lower Bicutan, is capable of conducting reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests through its molecular laboratory. The lab can also test pathogens that can affect animals and humans.
The quarantine facility has a 500-bed capacity and it will serve as an isolation facility for persons under investigation (PUI) and positive patients. All of the quarantine facility units are equipped with a bath, living room, toilet, and air-conditioning units. Student-made Robonurses will be used to care for patients .
Manila's second molecular lab is now open
The second molecular laboratory in Manila opened last September 29. The laboratory, which is located at Sta. Ana Hospital, is expected to conduct 1,000 swab tests a day. Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said that testings are free, and in case of an increase in demand, the local government will pay for the cost.
This newly opened molecular laboratory was established through a partnership between the Ayala Group of Companies and the Manila local government. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) also provided the machines for the laboratory. The first molecular laboratory in Manila was also inaugurated in Sta. Ana Hospital in June.
Manila to provide free tests to workers in high-risk industries
The local government of Manila will provide free swab tests to workers in frequently visited establishments. On September 30, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signed Executive Order No. 39 which states that employees of malls, hotels, supermarkets, markets, and drivers of public utility vehicles will receive free reverse polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests . This move is also a way to ease the worries of the public as the country tries to spur economic activities.
In addition to the testings, Domagoso also suggested the mandatory filling out of health declaration forms for contact tracing when people visit establishments that are covered by the Department of Tourism, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, Culture and Arts of Manila, and Manila Bureau of Permits and Licensing Office.
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