The Philippines now has eight health facilities nationwide that can conduct COVID-19 tests, increasing the country’s testing capacity, Inter-agency Task Force spokesperson Karlo Nograles said on Friday.
The accredited facilities are the following:
– Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City
– San Lazaro Hospital in Manila City
– University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health in Quezon City
– Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City
– Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Benguet
– Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo
– Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Cebu
– Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao
Previously, only the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine was conducting COVID-19 testing, resulting in delays in the release of test results.
Health spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire said the increase in testing laboratories will help identify cases to effectively curb COVID-19 spread. She added this will also lead to an increase in the number of cases.
The Philippine government is targeting an April 14 start of “massive testing” of persons suspected of coronavirus infection.
The Philippines has 2,633 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 107 deaths, and 51 recoveries.