In a joint project, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) - Olongapo Chapter are now giving saliva RT-PCR Tests in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. A saliva RT-PCR test is a more affordable and comfortable alternative to the nasal swab test.
SBMA Chairman WIlma Eisma mentioned that the PRC opened a saliva collection facility at the PRC - SBMA COVID-19 Testing Center near Subic Bay Freeport Zone’s gate for the Saliva Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test last February 8.
Eisma added that the saliva test is much cheaper and less painful compared to the nasopharyngeal swabbing, but it’s the same in terms of efficacy because it uses the same system which is the RT-PCR. The procedure is also said to be safer because it requires less contact between the patients and the medical workers. PRC added that the processing also takes less time and results can be released in about 6 to 12 hours. The saliva tests cost around PhP1,500 to PhP2,000 and has an accuracy rate of 98.23%.
SBMA Deputy Administrator for Health and Safety Ronnie Yambao said that there are two booths dedicated for saliva testing at the testing center. The facility will also continue to accommodate those who prefer the nasal swabbing test. Those who wish to take a saliva test at the Freeport should deposit PhP2,000 to the Philippine Red Cross’ Security Bank account and email the proof of payment and details of the patient to firstname.lastname@example.org. The patient, in return, will receive an online registration link to get his/her Retrieval Code which will then be presented at the testing center. [2 & 3]
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