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Isko: Free COVID-19 testing resumes in Manila

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna are shown on their way to visit a testing center in the city. Behind them are (left) city engineer Armand Andres and assistant chief of staff Jorjette Aquino. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

AFTER being halted due to the recent typhoon that hit the country, Manila resumed free COVID-19 testing with greater intensity.

Mayor Isko Moreno said the city’s Mobile Serology Testing Clinic went to Barangay 190, Zone 17 and Barangay 368, Zone 37, among others, to conduct mass testing.

Personnel from the Manila Health Department under Dr. Arnold Pangan and Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) under chief Arnel Angeles went around the said areas to thwart the possibility of any community transmission of the deadly coronavirus.

Simultaneuosly, Moreno said all the drive-thru and walk-in testing centers for COVID-19 also again began accepting those who want to be subjected to serology testing for various reasons like having symptoms, job requirement or mere peace of mind.

Moreno urged the public to avail of the free COVID-19 testing which yields confirmatory results unlike the rapid tests that sometimes result in false negative and false positive findings.

The drive-thru testing center at the Quirino Grandstand and the walk-in testing centers at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc and Ospital ng Maynila all offer free COVID-19 testing even for non-Manilans.

On top of all these, Moreno said the swab testing of public utility vehicle drivers, mall and hotel employes and public market vendors pursuant to an executive order he issued continues, with over 10,000 already swabbed.

In the first batch of some 5,000 tested, about 400 were found to be positive.

Publication Source :    People's Journal