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DOH in Bicol fears delay in COVID-19 testing in absence of kits

/ 09:31 PM March 24, 2020

LEGAZPI CITY—The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol on Tuesday (March 24) disclosed that a severe shortage of kits could delay tests to confirm suspected carriers of COVID-19 in two government hospitals here which had been designated for COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH chief in Bicol and also regional Interagency Task Force (IATF) chair, said the department was still waiting for the arrival of COVID-19 test kits expected to be delivered this week.

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He, however, said that in the absence of the test kits, the agency continued to take respiratory samples, or droplets, from suspected COVID-19 carriers.

The samples are being delivered to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Metro Manila for testing.

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The DOH was preparing the Bicol Regional Diagnostic Reference Laboratory facility at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital as a test site.

Edited by TSB

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