Vico Sotto: Testing needed to end quarantine faster

Published April 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Testing is the key for the imposed enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to end much sooner, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto  (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto
(KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)

“If we want quarantine to end faster—testing, testing, testing,” Sotto wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.

Pasig City was among the first local government units to conduct testing of persons suspected to have been infected with coronavirus, as it races to contain the outbreak.

Sotto earlier stressed that a “broad-based testing” is the key to slowing down the spread of COVID-19, which has already infected more than 200 people in Pasig, according to the local government.

The city government has recently partnered with The Medical City (TMC) to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity to about 270 tests per week.

Sotto announced last week that they have signed a memorandum of agreement with the hospital officials to address the backlog in testing persons suspected to have been infected with the virus.

On Sunday, he said their backlog in testing persons under investigation (PUIs) for the disease is almost done.

With this, health workers who have been exposed to those infected persons will soon be tested, he said.

Over the weekend, the local government has also received support from private entities for its battle against the coronavirus.

“We now have six active testing booths, strategically placed in our Super Health Centers,” Sotto said.

 
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