By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) has issued a clearance to the Philippine National Police Regional Health Service 7 Molecular Laboratory to be used for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing of police personnel to operate after finalizing the necessary permits and the training of the PNP medical personnel who will operate the facility.”
PNP Officer-In-Charge, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said that a local PNP laboratory that was launched by PNP chief Gen Debold Sinas, who is presently in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, the facility, which is located within the compound of Camp Sotero Cabahug in Cebu City, will accommodate real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for PNP personnel in Regions 6, 7, and 8.
“With this great development, our PNP-Health Service is in close coordination with the PNP- Directorate for Comptrollership for the purchase of reagents and supplies needed by the Regional Health Service 7 Molecular Laboratory so that it can finally takeoff full well in serving its principal clients, our police personnel,” Eleazar added.
He said the facility will be able to accommodate 60 to 80 (Manual) and 120 to 180 (Automated) Covid-19 tests per day.
Earlier, the DOH issued a notice to PLTC Marilpou Aboloc, chief, PNP Regional Health Service in Central Visayas, for the said laboratory to already start its operations while the License to Operate is forthcoming shortly.(AI/MTVN)