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Saliva testing now available in Subic Bay freeport

Feb 11, 2021 @ 12:37
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Saliva testing is now available at the Subic Bay Freeport thanks to a joint project of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

SBMA chair and administrator Wilma Eisma said the PRC opened on Monday a saliva collection facility at the PRC-SBMA Covid-19 Testing Center near the Subic Bay Freeport main gate for its Saliva-Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (Saliva RT-PCR) testing program.

According to PRC statement, the Red Cross rolled out the saliva testing program in Manila in January upon approval by the Department of Health (DOH) of the use of saliva as an alternative to nose or throat swabbing.

“It’s just like the nasopharyngeal swabbing procedure in terms of efficacy because it uses the same system, which is the RT-PCR,” Eisma was quoted as saying in news reports.

“While others find the nasopharyngeal swabbing somewhat painful, this one is not because it’s non-invasive. To top it all, it’s way cheaper than the swab test,” she added.

The PRC said processing of saliva samples takes less time, with test results available in 6 to 12 hours.

A saliva test costs from P1,500 to P2,000 and has an accuracy rate of 98.23 percent, while the nasal swab test, which is 99-percent accurate, costs from P3,800 to P5,000.

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