By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite – The Cavite provincial government and the De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute (DLSM-HSI) has officially been granted the license to operate a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratory, Governor Juanito Victor Remulla Jr. reported on Saturday, May 9.
This after that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine-Department of Health (RITM-DOH) has certified the DLSM-HSI’s molecular laboratory for use as an independent testing for COVID-19 with its Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machines.
Remulla announced earlier there were three PCR machines available at the facility, and that two more would be added.
With the certification, the DLSM-HSI shall continue to participate in the Proficiency Testing Program of the RITM, follow the operational guidelines for COVID-19 Laboratories and abide by the highest laboratory quality standards.
The certification, issued on Friday, May 8, was signed by Dr. Nestor F. Santiago, DOH assistant secretary and RITM-COVID-19 Laboratory Operations Team leader.
The certification was issued after the RITM representatives inspected the facilities of the DLSM-HSI in Dasmariñas City
With the certification, DLSM-HSI’s molecular laboratory became the country’s 24th COVID-19 Testing Center and the first in Region IV-A or the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area.
Remulla said that the Cavite testing laboratory would be shared with the other provinces in Region IV-A particularly in a municipality in Laguna where an outbreak has been reported. .
Remulla and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) have been anticipating the laboratory approval to start the COVID-19 mass testing in Cavite, the most populated province in Luzon.
The laboratory approval was announced Saturday, May 9, by Remulla in a message posted in his social media account.
“Time to work. Time to implement our healing strategy. Shout out to Dr. Charles Yu, Dr. Connie Ang, Dr. Golla, Bro Gus Boquer, and the leadership of the DLSM-HSI. Your patience, dedication, and commitment to get this project started at record time is a debt of gratitude we may never get to repay. God bless you all,” Remulla said..
Remulla also stated that the testing for the frontliners for free will start by next week.
The local government units (LGUs), particularly the mayors, will make lists of those who will undergo the mass testing and the schedules, he said.
Remulla cited earlier that some 300,000 are being targeted for mass testing.
The provincial government has already provided the COVID-19 mass testing stations in some cities and municipalities of the province.
Authorities said that Bacoor has the most number of COVID-19 cases in Cavite then Imis City, the capital; and Dasmariñas City, the province’s most populated area; and neighboring General Trias City were on third and fourth spots, respectively.