Imus starts mass testing of City Hall employees
The City Government of Imus has started testing its personnel for COVID-19 using the pooled testing method.
“Sa pamamagitan nito ay mas nasisiguro natin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kasama at ng publiko na ating pinaglilingkuran,” Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi said in a Facebook post.
The Research Institue for Tropical Medicine (RITM-DOH) earlier allowed Ospital ng Imus to conduct pooled testing.
Using the pooled testing, swab samples of multiple individuals will be put into a single RT-PCR test. If a positive result came back, further individual assessments will be made to ascertain which specimen is infected with the coronavirus. Meanwhile, if the swab tests come back negative, then individual testing will no longer be needed.
Maliksi vowed to further utilize the method to strengthen the city’s testing capacity.
“Ngayong pinalakas pa ng pooled testing ang ating kapasidad sa mass testing, makakaaasa po kayong ipagpapatuloy natin ang inisyatibong ito bilang bahagi ng ating layunin na masugpo ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa Imus,” he said.
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