Pasig City barangay health centers accept walk-ins for free COVID-19 testing

Published July 13, 2020, 2:41 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

In Pasig City, barangay health centers have been given a big role in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (Pasig Public Information Office/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“This July, we started accepting walk-ins with symptoms for testing at our barangay health centers,” Mayor Vico Sotto wrote on his Twitter page.

Sotto said they will be using a combination of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and enhanced chemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) testing.

He explained that ECLIA is a new kind of antibody testing which has a sensitivity or specificity rate of about 100 percent when used properly. The test uses blood samples, where test results will be readily available in 24 hours.

On the other hand, PCR testing is widely considered as the “gold standard” for COVID-19 testing.

In a message, Sotto said the testing is free of charge. Those experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 will be prioritized.

“The doctor on duty does the triaging based on the number of patients and needs,” the mayor said. “Testing is done by schedule in the health centers.”

Pasig has also recently begun ECLIA testing at its COVID-19 referral center located at Pasig City Children’s Hospital.

Sotto said the local government has procured two PCR machines to be used at its referral center. They will be operational by next week.