By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said on May 18, Monday, that the city government will soon set up a mobile testing enter to screen residents in the city’s various barangays for the novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19).
The city government aims to test 31,000 people or about one percent of its population, she said, as recommended by the Department of Health (DOH).
In an interview on ANC, the QC mayor noted that the city runs 300 to 350 tests a day and has screened some 8,000 individuals.
She revealed that the city government is in the process of launching its mobile testing center, which is a bus that will go around the city.
At present, Belmonte she is “trying to get two buses or trucks” that will make the rounds of the communities.
Also, the QC government allayed public fears that the soaring number of COVID-19 cases in the locality have put their lives in far greater risk.
Dr. Rolly Cruz of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) explained that the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases is due to the numerous testing centers now located in the city’s six districts.
As the city ramps up its fight against COVID-19, Cruz said it is only natural for them to anticipate the increase in the number of cases of the dreaded virus.
“Testing is a key part of the local government’s campaign of identifying, isolating and treating COVID-19 positive patients, while preventing its spread to communities,” said Cruz.
He noted that “testing is like driving with headlights on, which is way better than driving in the dark.”
By doing a lot of testing, Cruz said that the COVID-19 patients can properly be isolated and given proper care.