Iloilo City Government Photo
The current Uswag Iloilo Town Molecular Laboratory in Barangay San Pedro, Molo will be converted to a clinical laboratory with the upcoming completion of the main facility in the area.
“As much as possible, we would like to make lab work available free of charge to residents of the city,” Mayor Jerry Treñas said.
“Our goal is to provide the Ilonggo with excellent and sustainable health services even beyond the pandemic,” he added.
Some of the initial services will include laboratory diagnostic tests on urine, blood, cholesterol, and even a set of ultrasounds.
Uswag Iloilo Clinical Laboratory is expected to be operational by May this year.
The city’s acting health officer, Dr. Annabelle Tang, said she plans to affiliate with universities offering medical technology courses so that the clinical laboratory can serve as a training ground for their students.
Meanwhile, the main Covid-19 molecular laboratory is more than 80% complete with its six staff dormitories.
The City launched its own RT-PCR tests in November 2020 duly accredited by the Tropical Medicine Research Institute of the Ministry of Health.
As of March 12, 2022, 162,423 swab specimens have been collected, and 126,296 specimens have been tested. (PR)
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