Las Piñas BJMP personnel, tested for COVID-19

Published April 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jean Fernando

Twenty-two personnel from the Las Piñas Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) were tested for coronavirus (COVID19). This effort is to avoid the spread of the disease inside the jail.

Mayor Imelda Aguilar said that the testing of the BJMP personnel was also a priority of her administration to ensure that they are not affected with the disease. Aguilar said that her administration is making sure that all the city frontliners, who are exposed to the virus, are all healthy.

“Isa po sa ating prayoridad na matest ang ating BJMP personnel para masiguro ang kanilang kalusugan at maiwasan ang pagkalat ng virus sa loob ng ating city jail,”Aguilar said. (One of our priorities is to test our personnel from the BJMP to determine that they are healthy and avoid the spread of the disease inside the city jail.)

Aguilar said that the testing made to the BJMP personnel is also part of the rapid testing that is being made to health frontliners in the different barangays in the city. She said that the swab testing, via mucus sample from the nose to throat of the BJMP personnel, was conducted by Dr. Rosarie Oca.

According to City Health Office chief, Dr. Ferdinand Eusebio, the swab samples taken from the BJMP personnel will be brought to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for testing to determine whether the personnel is positive or negative from the virus.

Aguilar said that last week, the city government signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the PRC for 1,500 swabbing test kits amounting to P5 million to help the city in the fight of the spread of the virus. She also said that the PRC had told them the result of the swab test will be known within 48 hours.