Benguet to conduct mass COVID-19 testing

THE province of Benguetwill soon mass testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This was announced by Benguet caretaker Rep. Eric Go Yap as a donated PCR  machine and automated extraction machine are on their way to the province.

According to Yap, mass testing is as important as providing relief goods to the residents to ensure their safety and survival against the coronavirus.

Yap is donating a PCR machine to Benguet General Hospital and automated extraction machine which may be the first of their kind in the northern part of the country.

They are expected to arrive in Benguet anytime this week .

“Inspired by my favorite quote; The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing, alamnatinnahindipwedengwalatayonggawinhabangpatuloynanagdurusaangmgakababayannatinsa COVID-19 pandemic,” Yap said.

“Malakingtulong man angmganaipamahaginating relief goods, PPEs, gamot, vitamins at iba pa, naniniwalaakonghindinatinmatutumbokangproblema kung kulangangatingkakayahanpagdatingsa aggressive na mass testing. Samuntinatingparaan, tayopo ay magbibigayng PCR machine at automated extraction achinesaBenguet General Hospital upangmakatulongna mas maramiangatingmai-test”, Yap added.

The solon underscored the need to conduct more tests and not just quarantine in addressing the possible spread of the virus.

“Test, test, test. Yan angsagot at hindibasta quarantine langnang quarantine. Dagdagannatinangkakayahannatingmakapagtest at pabilisinnatinangpaglabasngresulta. Kaya nungnagtanongtayokung may paraanpara mas madamiang test namagawa, makakatulongdawangpagkakaroonng Automated Extractor,” he said.

From 100, the machine can test 1,000 a day.

The lawmaker will donate the machines to Benguet General Hospital but for the meantime, in the absence of an adequate facility in the hospital, it will execute a Memorandum of Agreement with Baguio General Hospital, which is the only COVID testing center in the region.

Under the agreement, Baguio General Hospital will conduct testing using the machines but will allocate a certain number of tests per day for Benguet residents until such time that Benguet General Hospital is ready with their own testing site.

“This will be a big boost in addressing the backlog of PCR-based tests in Baguio. Sa ngayon, nasahumigitkumulang 1,600 ang backlog ng Baguio General Hospital dahilhindilang Baguio City ang covered nila, sakanila din dinadalaangmga samples ngBenguet at iba pang probinsyasa Cordillera at magingsaibangbahaging Northern Luzon. We will not flatten the curve without mass testing and I hope these machines will bring us one step closer to a COVID-free community”, the Benguet caretaker said.