Marikina COVID-19 testing center to be accredited by DOH

April 18, 2020

MARIKINA  City coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing Center will be given accreditation by Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday, saying the facility is one of the best laboratories in the country.

​This was the declared by Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III after he visited and inspected the city’s testing facility on Friday afternoon.

​"Monday 'yung kanyang proficiency testing ay matatapos na. So, malamang ito mga Tuesday okay na, puwede nang patakbuhin…Yes, bibigyan na ng accreditation certificate,” Duque assured

​"So, higit sa lahat. ito ang pinaka-halaga ng pagpapatayo ng laboratoryo ni Mayor Marcy Teodoro. Sana maging modelo ito sa mga ibang local government units upang mapaigting o mapalawig ang testing capacity," he said.

​After inspecting the molecular laboratory of Marikina, the health secretary lauded it before the members of the media.

​"Okay naman, maganda. It is one of the best laboratories I've seen. Mukhang magandang-maganda ang pagkakagawa, maayos ang layout talagang sinunod ang mga equipment, ang furnishing, tastefully executed," Duque added.

​Duque said the initiative of Mayor Teodoro was very commendable as it will help other nearby areas.

​"Malaki ang tulong nito sa mga mamamayan ng Marikina, Antipolo, at Rizal. Hindi na kailangan lumayo pa, nandito na, malapit na. Magandang serbisyo ito sa mga mamamayan ng Marikina," he said.

​Duque hopes that the Marikina COVID-19 Testing Center will be mirrored by other local governments to help contain the dreaded disease as it can test 400 to 500 samples per day.

With the recent developments, Mayor Marcy thanked IATF for their support in hastening the approval of the much-needed testing facility, specifically Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

​“I am very thankful to IATF especially to Sec. Año and Executive Secretary Medialdea for backing our testing facility. We are happy that IATF is interceding in behalf of the city,” he said.

Mayor Marcy said medical technologists and laboratory technicians are now finishing with a series of required training.

"Sa kasaluluyan, tinatapos na natin iyong huling dalawang training na kinakailangan based on protocol sa pagbubukas ng  molecular diagnostic laboratory. Ito 'yung biosafety and security training, and proficiency training," he said.

​“Iyong biosafety and security training ay dalawang levels ito--isang online na training, at isang actual parang practicum. Inaasahan natin na matatapos ang training na ito hanggang Sabado," the mayor added.

He said trainings were supposed to be scheduled next week by the DOH, but because of the intervention of the IATF-EID, they were scheduled an earlier date.

​According to him, Marikina is doing everything to comply with all the requirements and protocols of DOH.

​"Paramount importance o napakahalaga sa Marikina na manatiling ligtas ang operation nitong ating testing center--ligtas para sa mga staff na narito, at sa komunidad na nakapaligid dito sa testing center."

Mayor Marcy has stressed the importance of mass testing in combating the highly infectious virus to stop its spread in the city.