Villanueva urges use of 2022 lab network funds for COVID mass testing

Villanueva urges use of 2022 lab network funds for COVID mass testing

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — The government should immediately “release and disperse” the P7.92 billion fund in the 2022 national budget for the government’s COVID-19 Laboratory Network so the current surge in the demand for testing could be met Senator Joel Villanueva said.

Villanueva said the amount should be “downloaded without delay” to public health facilities so they can cope with the spike in testing requests amid the explosion of omicron cases.

To be able to do this, public hospitals and clinics need to buy and stock up on testing kits and laboratory commodities, Villanueva explained.

(ai/mtvn)

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