Manila’s own COVID-19 testing laboratory now allowed to operate

  • Metro Manila now has its own COVID-19 testing laboratory
  • The Department of Health (DOH) has issued its license to operate after the laboratory was able to comply with the requirements
  • Dr. Grace Padilla, director of the Sta. Ana Hospital, personally went to the DOH office to receive the license before presenting it to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

The local government of Manila proudly shared that the Department of Health (DOH) has finally issued a license to operate their own COVID-19 testing laboratory.

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Located at the Sta. Ana Hospital, the COVID-19 testing laboratory was able to successfully comply with the DOH’s requirements with the aid of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

Dr. Grace Padilla, director of the Sta. Ana Hospital, personally went to the DOH office in Sta. Cruz, Manila to receive the laboratory’s license to operate. She then presented the license to Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno.

“Tuwang-tuwa ako sa support ni Mayor at Vice mayor. Mahirap talaga makakuha ng license to operate for COVID-19 testing laboratories, very technical and very specific ang RITM,” Dr. Padilla said.

“With the help and guidance of DOH and RITM, we were able to comply with all of their requirements. I’m very happy for the City of Manila. I’m very happy for the Manilans. This is for them,” she added.

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Mayor Isko had earlier said that the COVID-19 is expected to handle about 200 swab tests per day. This is in line with the Manila City government’s mass testing operations to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We are ready to go, may awa ang Diyos. In the coming days, our small efforts to strengthen our position against COVID-19 will be stronger than ever,” Mayor Isko said.

Meanwhile,  Mayor Isko also expressed his enthusiasm over the groundbreaking of the “Bagong Ospital ng Maynila” which he says is a tribute to the sacrficies of public health workers.

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