QC gov’t partners with Red Cross to boost COVID-19 mass testing

Published April 11, 2021, 7:54 PM

by Allysa Nievera

The Quezon City government and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) have signed an agreement allocating 8,000 real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits for the expansion of the city’s COVID-19 mass testing.

“Our partnerships will allow us to pool all available resources, weave our efforts, and immediately address the needs of our most affected communities,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Belmonte also said the partnership will allow the city government to test more residents and reinforce contract tracing efforts.  

The local government is also planning to open additional testing centers that will cater to individuals who have flu-like symptoms and those who have exposure to COVID-positive patients. 

The city government also inked a partnership with a private diagnostic clinic that will lend two mobile X-ray units to the city.

The X-ray units worth P3.6 million each will be set up in two of the HOPE facilities.

“The idea is to decongest our hospitals by putting these machines in our HOPE facilities so that our mild to moderate or asymptomatic patients can have their X-ray done at the soonest time possible,” said Belmonte.

As of Sunday, March 11, the city has 11,528 COVID active cases.