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Guiguinto Mayor Cruz opens Bulacan’s first Covid-19 testing center

May 20, 2020 @ 16:10

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan – The P35-million coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing center in this province is now underway with a complete laboratory to conduct the highly-critical Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test being used in detecting the dreaded disease.

This is the first one-stop Covid-19 testing center in the province that is capable of producing 2,000 test results per day.

Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr., president of the League of Municipalities (LMP-Bulacan chapter), said with the Covid-19 testing center, there is no need to bring the swab test specimens to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City, the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City, or the Philippine Red Cross laboratory in Mandaluyong City.

“The first one-stop Covid-19 testing center (is) just across the Philippine Arena in Bocaue town,” Cruz said.

He said the Department of Health (DOH) has already given the clearance to the Korean project proponent which will rush the conversion of the dietary section at the Joaquin Villanueva Medical Center (JVMC) near the Bocaue Municipal Hall into the testing facility.

Cruz also said that all the 21 mayors of this province have committed to contribute funds for the purchase of some 30,000 test kits at a complete package cost of only P2,000 per kit.

“We will have big savings for all Bulakenyos,” he added.

The mayor expressed gratitude to the family of Senator Joel Villanueva and his sister Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna for offering the JVMC hospital to help the province have a PCR laboratory to ease the backlog in mass testing requirements.

He hoped that the laboratory can start operation by the first week of June so that the 21 towns and three cities in the province can flatten the curve by the end of July.

The Bulacan Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported that as of Monday, there were 152 positive cases of Covid-19 in Bulacan with 29 deaths and 57 recoveries.

There is a total of 1,502 suspected cases being monitored by the PHO. (PNA)

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