To further strengthen the province’s initiatives to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID)–19, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said they are planning to establish two reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing machines by December 2020 or January 2021.
“Kung maablihan na nato ni, gusto nako sigurodahon nga bantayan gyud nato nga dili magka-local transmission or localized lockdown,” Romualdo said during Talakayan sa PIA, October 15.
(If we’re going to open, I want to ensure that we can truly monitor and prevent any local transmission or localized lockdown)
Romualdo insists on opting for two RT-PCRs as it is the standard in COVID-19 testing and detection despite its estimated cost of P35 to P40 million, and added that they have talked with the National Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (NIATF-EID)’s Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr for support.
He added that they would need two machines so when one fails to operate, there is still another unit that can be used.
“We already have med technicians and doctors for training, we have a location and a building prepared. It is already marked up and it is only a matter of releasing of funds,” he shared.
Despite financial constraints, Romualdo stressed the importance of having two RT-PCR testing machines in the island province for public health safety not only for the Caminguinons but also incoming tourists. (VPSB/PIA10)