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Dinalupihan Mayor Garcia’s seeks Bataan-wide Covid-19 testing

May 13, 2020 @ 13:46

DINALUPIHAN, Bataan – Local officials in this province want mass testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) prior to the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on May 16.

Mayor Maria Angela Garcia of this town said they recommend a province-wide mass testing in an effort to manage, contain and prevent transmission of Covid-19.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Tuesday the downgrading from enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine of Bataan and other provinces in Central Luzon.

Garcia said they reached a unanimous decision to recommend mass testing during their Zoom conference held Monday night.

Joining the conference were mayors from 11 towns and one city, the governor, Representatives Geraldine Roman and Jose Enrique Garcia III of the province’s first and second districts, respectively; Dr. Glory Baltazar of the Bataan General Hospital, and Dr. Rosanna Buccahan of the provincial health office.

The provincial directors of the Philippine National Police, the Department of Health, and Department of the Interior and Local Government also joined the meeting.

“Our group wanted mass testing. The governor has always explained that our enemy, Covid-19, cannot be seen and therefore, we have to determine where it is. This deadly virus can only be seen through swab or mass tests of our constituents,” said Garcia, who is also the president of the Bataan Mayors’ League.

“So once laboratory facilities are established, mass testing can be conducted to see and manage what cannot be seen. If there is no mass testing, the problem cannot be seen. This is one of the recommendations of our group based on a study of the University of the Philippines,” she added.

The provincial government, she said, has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga and the Philippine Red Cross for the mass testing.

The Bataan General Hospital is also rushing its accreditation as a Covid-19 testing facility, she said.

“It is better to have mass testing to see the true state of Covid-19 in Bataan, whether in big or small proportions before the lifting of ECQ for the protection of our citizens,” the mayor added.

As of Tuesday night, the Provincial Health Office reported that there is one new confirmed Covid-19 case, bringing the total number of cases in Bataan to 111.

On the other hand, the PHO said there are two Covid-19 patients who recovered from the dreaded disease, turning the total number of recoveries to 42.

Out of the total 2,223 who have undergone laboratory exam for the virus, 1,553 were found negative while the rest are still waiting for the results. (PNA)

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