Caloocan to build molecular diagnostic lab

August 14, 2020

THE city government of Caloocan is set to build a molecular diagnostic laboratory aimed to process a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19, exclusively for city residents.

Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan said the molecular laboratory will meet the needs for more extensive swab testing for a large number of residents in a much faster way and come out with the results within 48 hours.

"Kapag may sarili na tayong molecular laboratory, mas maraming mamamayan ang maaari nating ma-swab test at kaagad nating malalaman kung sino ang mga positibo sa COVID-19 at kinakailangang dalhin sa ating mga isolation facility," Mayor Malapitan said.

The mayor clarified that the laboratory they will build inside the compound of the Caloocan City North Medical Center (CCNMC) in Barangay Camarin will serve, not only for residents residing at the north of the city, but as well as citizens from the south.

"Magiging bukas po ang pasilidad na ito para sa lahat ng mamamayan ng Caloocan. Dito po ipo-proseso ang swab testing na isinasagawa sa mga komunidad sa lungsod," the mayor said.

As a preliminary step in the construction of the molecular laboratory, a joint inspection by representatives of the Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) and the city government of Caloocan was conducted on Wednesday afternoon at the location site inside the CCNMC Compound.