By JOVILAND RITA, GMA News
Published January 21, 2022 7:35pm
Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Di?o on Friday urged those who were positive in COVID-19 self-administered test kits should report the matter to barangay officials.
“Halimbawa nag-positive kayo, i-report niyo na sa barangay dahil unang-una, aalagaan kayo ng barangay,” he said at the Laging Handa public briefing.
(For example, you tested positive, report yourself to the barangay because, first, they will take care of you)
Di?o made the statement when asked about some people who tested positive in a self-administered COVID-19 test and choose to undergo self-quarantine without reporting to authorities.
He said that if they report themselves, authorities will be able to provide contact tracing, monitoring of their health, as well as other kinds of assistance.
Self-administered COVID-19 antigen test kits have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nevertheless these are now being used.
As of January 18, at least 11 manufacturers of self-administered antigen test kits have applied to the FDA for approval.
Earlier, Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau Director Dr. Alethea de Guzman said the number of COVID-19 infections in the country was “understated.”
“Kapag hindi kayo nagpa-RT-PCR or hindi kayo na-antigen, hindi kayo masasama sa bilang,” she said.
(If you do not have yourselves tested via RT-PCR or antigen test, you will not be included in the data.)
“But there are also those who are asymptomatic, unknowingly infected na hindi natin nade-detect kaya hindi rin po sila nabibilang doon sa total confirmed cases natin,” she added.
(Some are unknowingly infected, they are not detected so they are not included in our total confirmed cases.)
— DVM, GMA News