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Benguet molecular lab to increase testing capacity

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Benguet molecular lab to increase testing capacity

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 5 (PIA) – – The provincial molecular laboratory will soon increase its testing capacity with  the delivery of  one  more unit of machine  for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests and  hiring of additional workforce.

Governor Melchor Diclas said the molecular lab at the compound of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) is eyed to process around 700 COVID-19 specimens on a round-the-clock shift, from its current 300 testing capacity per day.

Dr. Meliarazon Dulay, Acting BeGH Chief, said the utilization of the facility will be maximized with the hiring of additional personnel who are now undergoing training. They will complement the existing manpower for a 24/7 hour shifting which may start within the month after they have been issued their certification.  

The laboratory is now equipped with two PCR machines and a machine extractor through the efforts of Provincial Caretaker, Congressman Eric Yap, who earlier facilitated the construction of the laboratory building. 

Another PCR unit for the lab   is expected from the Department of Health.

With faster services, consequently faster turn out of swab test results which could be released even within the day, the governor said.

The molecular laboratory started operation in late February this year but was temporarily suspended last month after most of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

Gov. Melchor Diclas presides over the regular meeting of the Provincial Inter-agency COVID-19 Disease Task Force on May 4, 2021 at the Ben Palispis Hall at the Provincial Capitol  where  one of  agenda is  the update on the Benguet molecular   laboratory  (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)