DOH grants Manila license for Covid lab testing

June 25, 2020
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno announces that “life-saving” ambulances will soon arrive in Manila. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday expressed his gratitude to the Department of Health (DOH) for granting Manila a License To Operate (LTO) allowing the city government to operate its own testing laboratory for COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Grace Padilla, director of the Sta. Ana Hospital, presented the LTO to Moreno, who directed her to immediately conduct a dry-run for some 50 in-patients of the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center (MIDCC).

Moreno said the development will be a big help to the city government’s efforts in containing the coronavirus, noting that the city had been paying about P10 million a month for swab tests.

Padilla said the license was obtained after five weeks and the new testing laboratory will go full blast next month.

About 60 to 70 patients can be accommodated for swab test per shift. Padilla said the testing process would take about one and a half hours and the results can be known within the day itself.

Meanwhile, Moreno also said that the city will purchase 12 “life-saving” ambulances.

Moreno said he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna have discussed the specifications of the ambulances. Health personnel will be trained in handling the patients using the modern life-saving ambulances.

“When we do something, we do it efficiently, hindi ‘yung ‘mema’ o me magawa lang. We go for the best of everything as much as possible,” Moreno said. JERRY S. TAN