2 biolabs in Bacolod to operate soon
BACOLOD CITY, July 9 (PIA) – – Bacolodnons will have access soon to speedy Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) results and mass testing with the operation of two biolabs in Bacolod City.
The private-initiated Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital (BQMH) Bio-Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory and the government-run Level 3 Biosafety Molecular Laboratory of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) await their licenses to operate pending the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between BQMH and the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Iloilo City, and the proficiency test by the Department of Health for the Level 3 Biosafety Molecular Laboratory at the CLMMRH.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that the laboratories are a big step in the government’s intention to do mass testing.
“There are biolabs being established in the city, so I hope that we can conduct mass testing among Bacolodnons. That is very essential because the most basic of all, is we have to know whether one is positive or not,” Leonardia said.
“Mass testing is the aspect of our program that we need the most – as we all know with our situation before when we didn’t have our own biolab, we had to go to Iloilo,” he added, referring to the long-anticipated mass testing in Bacolod City.
Dr. Evangeline Johnson, chair of the BQMH Board, said the BQMH Bio-Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory is seen to conduct 120 COVID-19 tests per day or about 400 to 600 tests per week.
“We salute the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital for their impact project. This is the call of the times and their institution has proven again its responsiveness and relevance to the community. With the strong participation of the private sector, the city becomes more equipped in this fight against COVID-19,” Leonardia said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Julius Drilon, medical center chief of CLMMRH, said the Level 3 Biosafety Molecular Laboratory of CLMMRH will be running 100 results per day and can also diagnose SARS-COV-2 cases.
According to Leonardia, the city invested P20-million in the Level 3 Biosafety Molecular Laboratory of CLMMRH where the city government has appropriated P14 million for the buildings and other structures, and P4.8 million for the procurement of equipment reagents and kits for COVID-19 testing. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)