DOH calls out labs on delayed reports; PHL Covid-19 infections reach 237,365

By Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco

STRESSING the need to ensure a more precise collation, validation, and reporting of cases, the Department of Health (DOH) has called the attention of 19 laboratories that failed to submit their data on Sunday to the Covid-19 Data Repository System (CDRS).

“There were two new variables in their data field that they [are] having a hard time filling out due to lack of data given by patients. We are addressing it already,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told BusinessMirror when asked about the reason.

Earlier, Vergeire said they are already imposing stricter guidelines on the submission of Covid-19 cases being filed by laboratories and other reporting units. 

She reiterated that laboratories should submit timely reporting of cases as this “is part of their licensing requirements.”

In its Covid-19 case bulletin as of 4 p.m. of September 6 — where the total number of infections in the country rose to 237,365 — the DOH noted that only 96 out of 115 current operational laboratories have submitted their data. A total of 2,839 confirmed cases were logged.

Nineteen labs that failed to submit their data are:

1. AFRIMS- Collaborative Molecular Laboratory (VLUNA)
2. AL Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
3. Amosup Seamen’s Hospital
4. Bohol Containerized PCR Laboratory
5. Bulacan Medical Center
6. Butuan Medical Center
7. Calamba Medical Center
8. Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (TALA)
9. Green City Medical Center
10. Ilocos Training Regional Medical Center (GX)
11. Marilao Medical and Diagnostic Clinic
12. Mary Mediatrix Medical Center
13. Philippine Red Cross
14. Philippine Red Cross – Clark Mol Lab (Pampang)
15. Philippine Red Cross – Logistics and Training- Subic
16. Philippine Red Cross – Molecular Biology Laboratory
17. Philippine Red Cross – PLMC Laboratory
18. Philippine Red Cross – Port Area
19. Safeguard DNA Diagnostics

Meanwhile, the DOH reported a total of 23,074 recoveries as part of the agency’s “Oplan Recovery”. This brings the total number of recoveries to 184,687.

The “time-based and symptom-based” Oplan Recovery is an initiative that the DOH activated to monitor the status of confirmed Covid-19 deaths and recoveries. It tags a patient as recovered when certain conditions are met, even without repeat RT-PCR testing and is recommended by the Philippine College of Physicians, and the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were National Capital Region (NCR) with 894 or 39 percent, Region 4A (594 or 26 percent) and Region 6 (225 or 10 percent).

There were 85 deaths recorded. The death toll stood at 3,875.

Of the 85 deaths, 29 occurred in September (34 percent), 33 in August (39 percent), 6 in July (7 percent), 3 in June (4 percent), 6 in May (7 percent), 7 in April (8 percent), and 1 in March (1 percent).

Deaths were from NCR (41 or 48 percent), Region 7 (15 or 18 percent), Region 4A (9 or 11 percent), Region 8 (4 or 5 percent), Region 10 (4 or 5 percent), Region 3 (2 or 2 percent), Region 5 (2 or 2 percent), Region 2 (1 or 1 percent), Region 6 (1 or 1 percent), Region 9 (1 or 1 percent), Region 12 (1 or 1 percent), Region 4B (1 or 1 percent), Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (1 or 1 percent) Caraga (1 or 1 percent) and Unknown (1 or 1 percent).

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