Muntinlupa City opens molecular lab for COVID-19 testing

Published December 10, 2020, 3:19 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Muntinlupa City’s own molecular laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing is now open after receiving accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH).

Muntinlupa’s molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing (Muntinlupa PIO)/ MANILA BULLETIN) 

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the molecular laboratory will augment the city government’s detection, isolation, and treatment strategy in curbing COVID-19.

The lab is located at the back of the city-run Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun) in Alabang and according to hospital director, Dr. Edwin Dimatatac, the facility has started processing swab samples from COVID-19 patients on December 9. The test results may be released within the day of the collection of swab samples, he said.

Under the approved pricing scheme, the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab test performed at the molecular laboratory costs P3,800 each. Indigent admitted patients qualified under OsMun’s No Balance Billing scheme and patients with valid Philippine Health Insurance (Philhealth) coverage can avail of discounted prices.

Swabbing of out-patient clients will be accommodated from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The lab is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. All other requests for in-patient and emergency requests are subject to regular specimen collection.

Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade, Muntinlupa’s own “big brother” in the fight against COVID-19, previously vowed to assist the city for the accreditation of the laboratory. Deputy Chief Implementer against COVID-19 Sec. Vince Dizon earlier committed to donate one RT-PCR machine to Muntinlupa’s molecular laboratory once the accreditation is approved by the DOH.

As of December 9, Muntinlupa has 4,987 confirmed cases including 4,776 recoveries and 161 deaths, leaving 50 active cases.