By Jean Fernando
The Las Pinas City government acquired a total of 1,000 rapid test kits intended to test all the suspected cases of coronavirus disease in the city.
According to Mayor Imelda Aguilar, she particularly wanted to test patients suspected to have been affected by the coronavirus in the community.
Once confirmed, she wants to immediately place them in the isolation facility at the Las Pinas Rehabilitation Center with 300 beds capacity.
Aguilar said that after conducting the tests, the health workers and other frontliners will follow to ensure that they are still healthy as they continue their work to serve the community.
She said that the cost of 1,000 rapid test kits was about P1.1 million. “Aking pong idinodonate and one-year salary ko bilang ayuda sa pagtugon sa COVID-19 outbreak sa lungsod. (I am donating my one-year salary to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in the city), Aguilar said.
Aside from the first batch of 1,000, Aguilar said that the city government is still waiting for the arrival of the additional rapid test kits that they have acquired.
She also said that healthcare workers from the City Health Office will personally visit those individuals suspected to be affected with the virus as they could not go out of their respective houses due to the city’s strict implementation of enhanced community quarantine.
For the part of Dr. Julio Javier, rural health physician of the City Health office, they will immediately conduct the rapid testing as soon as they receive the guidelines coming from the Department of Health and approved by the Inter Agency Task force (IATF).
Javier also said that the PICC quarantine facility also allotted 300 beds for those residents who will be found positive with coronavirus.