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Yap donates 3-month salary for Covid-19 testing kits for Tarlac

Tarlac Gov. Susan Yap donated almost three months worth of her salary to buy 500 units of rapid diagnostic test kits to be used in the province’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is Bayanihan Spirit in our fight against Covid-19…and this is for our fellow Tarlaqueños,” Yap said in a statement.

The rapid test kits amounting to P375,000 will be used by the Tarlac Provincial Hospital (TPH) and other government hospitals in the province in testing probable Covid-19 cases, officials said.

Gary Role, TPH chief of hospital, said the test kits will be administered to those who have history of exposure with Covid-19 confirmed cases, those who have Covid-19 like symptoms, those who develop sudden onset of severe acute respiratory illness, and are not elderly.

The tests can be performed within three to five days from the onset of the illness, according to Role.

The rapid test is an initial tool to provide appropriate medical care while waiting for the Polymerase Chain Reaction [PCR] test to confirm the presence of Covid-19.

Earlier, the Tarlac Sangguniang Panlalawigan likewise donated their entire April salary amounting to P1.2 million to fight the dreaded virus.