The perennial problem of access to test kits, delayed COVID-19 results and lack of protective gears hinders the fast and immediate action of medical frontliners. Additionally, the rapid spread of the virus is becoming more prevalent as authorities encounter difficulties in conducting contact tracing. With the limited supplies and equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the number of infected patients painstakingly increases daily while the number of recoveries shows slow progress.
As the private and public sector continues to work together to find solutions, one organization has already been helpful in the past for expertly responding to pandemic related situation and persistent in their pursuit to find effective and cost-efficient medical solutions to help the Philippine healthcare system manage the scarcity of medical supplies and equipment during this crisis.
Finally, a local private group servicing for more than seven years sees the opening of floodgates of opportunities for all Filipinos, especially medical practitioners, who are in dire need to get their hands on these medical services essential to fight the virus.
Global Medical Technologies (GMT) Manila is at the forefront of this effort with the vision towards bringing maximum global best practices in health and wellness to the Philippines and making them more accessible to Filipinos. By being one of the significant local groups in the Philippines who responded to the requirements for the Biothreat Reduction Initiative Program, GMT is nurturing its expertise through its vast affiliation, effective methods and renowned credibility, validated by esteemed partners and recognized by the Department of Health’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
Through its partnerships with internationally acclaimed health service providers, GMT is a premier source of globally accepted medical practices and technologies supporting a huge number of health facilities and clinics, locally and abroad. As part of GMT’s Biothreat Reduction efforts, the organization also gave quick responses and raised efforts to fight against Asian Swine and Avian Flu. On top of the medical advancements like the use of genetic sensors and functional metabolic tests, GMT has also scaled up their capability by doing value addition to their services geared to aid medical frontliners and patients in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Since GMT has a vast experience in responding to pandemics as their organization pioneered a lot of efforts in response to outbreaks and epidemics such as rabies, Anthrax, Avian Influenza, and African Swine Fever, the organization adjusted quickly to the new normal and maneuvered well-thought ways to help the government and other health providers with timely and relevant actions leveraging on their years of expertise handling pandemic situation in the pasts. GMT has always been supportive of the government’s efforts highlighting prominent efforts like helping the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), biosafety and biosecurity measures that involve close coordination with the government.
Medical experts and researchers saw the rapid increase of COVID-19 related cases around the world and some believe that this might go on for a long time. That’s why, everyone is encouraged to have their health in check and to be proactive by working on one’s health and wellness. In doing so, it reduces the risk of catching the virus. To brush the worries away, GMT’s track record proves that they are in the best position to help the most vulnerable individuals get the best health services they can trust and rely on.
GMT Manila’s dedication to bringing globally approved advanced technologies here in the Philippines paved the way for Filipinos to access different diagnostic services that would help patients in early detection and prevention of diseases. Their tests can also identify which medicines are suitable for the patient which makes the treatment personalized. Some of their products are geared towards equipping medical practitioners in identifying non-communicable diseases which includes Mental Health (Genomind), Cardio-Metabolic Conditions (Genosense and Doctor’s Data Inc., Oncology (RGCC and CellMax), & Allergy (Faber). GMT also offers diagnostic tools intended to improve the assessment of a patient’s health issue. These tests include those that involve Cardiovascular, Gut, Hormonal, Skin & Allergy, Men’s and Pediatric Health Test Consultation primarily needed by health professionals in providing the best treatment plan to patients.
Overall, GMT Manila is now extending their services and support to different organizations in line with their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. After dealing and coordinating with the government for all planned efforts, GMT is now ready to make their services accessible by offering it to the private sector.
As COVID-19 related cases continue to increase, some patients no longer receive the appropriate medical assistance and care due to the high volume of turn ins. At this most trying time, a handful of dedicated Filipinos step up to help defeat the battle against coronavirus as the impact prompts an outpouring support and innovations in the healthcare system.
Health and medical supply service provider, GMT Manila is now operating at maximum capacity putting more efforts to support the inability of some health facilities in providing treatments to their patients due to lack of manpower and resources. GMT recognizes the need not just to help health facilities but to also educate the Filipinos that preventive measures to contain the spread of the virus should start from one’s self.
With careful research and preparation before the ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine’ announcement, GMT Manila devised ways to extend their services inside and outside Metro Manila. From the usual FABER Allergy Screening Test, Oncocount Test to detect the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and other tests to detect the effects of Anti-Cancer drugs, GMT has now expanded their services and started to offer the availability of COVID-19 test kits and soon the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and medical practitioners.
During the heat of the COVID-19 news, GMT Manila was heavily engaged in the development of products and services in response to this pandemic. Real Time – Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests, a standard confirmatory test to detect COVID-19 infection was already in place including Rapid Antibody Test to help speed the detection of those individuals that may carry the disease.
Additionally, GMT Manila and construction design firm ENDEC, Inc. produce more COVID-19 testing laboratories. The modular design in place can easily be deployed to the private sectors and LGUs on their own capacity to conduct confirmatory PCR testing according to Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) standards. The initiative aims to provide Container Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) Laboratories, including BSL2 training and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) detection training for Licensed Medical Technicians- all patterned after existing program delivered through the Regional Animal Disease and Diagnostics Labs of the Department of Agriculture.
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The availability of test kits is being extensively sourced out by GMT Manila while obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) is now under the works and will soon be available. Upon learning the risks of the coronavirus, GMT Manila started talking to suppliers and international partners to make these products and services available and to increase the total number of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that can get their hands on these kits and equipment. Constant review of technical and government guidelines including medical requirement, machine quality assurance and sample kits for trial were all taken into consideration for smooth and optimal service delivery of all initiatives.
For the test kits, bulk orders from donations will also be prioritized for immediate use of health professionals. Now more than ever, hospitals and medical professionals urge the social service sector to help them in this battle. The outpouring support from around the world- be it from celebrities or ordinary citizens proves how we can all make a difference in this unprecedented challenge to win over this pandemic.
GMT Manila is one with the rest of the world in this battle. Further, emphasis on fast distribution of test kits and PPEs are now prioritized. Private sectors and those who have the means to donate can send GMT Manila a message regarding donations. Donors can also choose their beneficiaries. Likewise, GMT Manila has a list of partner hospitals and clinics to make sure that donations will be directly coordinated with them. (Edgard Hilario)