THE Philippine Red Cross yesterday opened another laboratory considered as the biggest molecular laboratory in the country.
The newly-opened COVID-19 testing center is located at the PRC’s former headquarters in Port Area, Manila.
PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard J. Gordon said the opening of the Red Cross’ molecular laboratory in Manila will be a great help in containing COVID-19 in the country as more testing can be conducted.
“Our molecular laboratory in Manila is equipped with seven RNAs with 14 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines that are capable of testing 14,000 samples per day”, Gordon said.
This will really help us ramp up our testing capacity so that more people will get tested all over the country. With more testing capacity, we can easily identify those who are positive and segregate them from those who were tested negative,” he added .
The PRC’s molecular laboratory in Manila, where the PRC’s Hemodialysis Center is also located, received its accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH) as a certified COVID-19 testing center on May 15. As of this writing, it has tested over 18,000 samples out of the 149,116 specimen samples that the PRC has processed.
Other testing centers of PRC are located in Mandaluyong, Pampanga, and Zambales. Twenty-six percent of the total tests conducted so far in the country has been done by the PRC.