PNP Covid-19 molecular lab now operational

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday announced the activation of its molecular laboratory that would be used in testing police front-liners and personnel for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). 

In a text message to reporters, PNP Chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan, said this came as the PNP Health Service Molecular Laboratory inside Camp Crame got its license to operate from the Department of Health (DOH).

Cascolan said the lab could run 90 tests to 150 tests per day.

“This laboratory is an addition to our facilities to cater more tests every day, most especially for our police front-liners,” he said. “Aside from our efforts in community welfare, we also assure the health care support system of our personnel in the field by keeping them safe at all times from the infections while on duty or at home.”

Meanwhile, the Health Service said the PNP’s Covid-19 testing laboratory in Cebu is expected to get its license to operate from the DOH soon, as the licensing process is in the final stage.

Once operational, it could conduct 150 tests to 180 tests per day.

As of Wednesday night, the PNP had 543 active cases, 6,532 recoveries, and 22 deaths.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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