CIW opens testing facility for illegal drugs, HIV

Published February 18, 2021, 11:51 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City has opened its own health testing facility for illegal drugs and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

(Photo courtesy of Old Mandaluyong)

 In a statement, the CIW said the new facility that was inaugurated last Tuesday, February 18, will also be used for directly observed treatment strategy (DOTS) for tuberculosis.

“This initiative of our very energetic Supt. Virginia S. Mangawit aims to diagnose the current health conditions of the CIW PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) more fast and convenient which helps the institution to ease the paucity of personnel as they will not be anymore escorted to the nearest diagnostic center for laboratory work ups,” it said.

 “This is also aimed at letting the personnel and their relatives undergo laboratory tests in order to easily determine conditions and treat their ailments earlier for a more effective public service,” it added.

Last Tuesday’s inauguration was attended by Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Q. Bantag, Climate Start Network Director Erlinda Sabas, Mindanao State University Chancellor Bai Hejira Lumbunia, and Datu Ma-ar Sinsuat Mohammad who represented Maguindanao First District Rep. Ronnie O. Sinsuat.