Benguet doubles molecular lab’s capacity

Benguet doubles molecular lab’s capacity

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The provincial government is increasing to 700 per day the testing capacity of its molecular laboratory (MoLab), from the current 300 capacity.

Governor Melchor Diclas on Wednesday said the training of the other medical technologists of the province-run Benguet General Hospital (BeGH), who will process swab samples for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, has started.

Diclas said they will augment the existing personnel of the laboratory and allow daily operation of the laboratory starting this month.

The governor said the facility has two RT-PCR machines and an automatic extractor.

He said the DOH recommended the increase of operating hours to maximize the facility, enabling them to cover the 13 towns of the province, declogging the load of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

He said the molecular laboratory of the province was made possible with funding from caretaker Congressman Eric Yap.

“The Department of Health is giving us another PCR machine,” the governor said.

Faster release of results 

The governor said additional manpower and additional resources and machines will allow the laboratory to release results within the day as compared to the current three to four days waiting time.

He said there was even a time when the laboratory had to shut down because either the machines were on maintenance or its personnel in quarantine or isolation.

“If we have additional equipment and manpower, the chance of the laboratory halting operation is small,” the governor said.

Aside from the faster release of results, the relatives of those who died do not have to wait several days for the PCR test result of their dead relatives.

“If we are able to do our test of the cadavers of our residents, the chance of family members holding a wake for a Covid positive will not happen,” he added. (PNA)

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