Cavite officials discuss viability of COVID-19 testing facility in the province; LGU readiness
Province of Cavite, Apr. 4 (PIA) — Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla yesterday, met with heads of cities and municipalities, PNP Chiefs, City and Municipal Health Officers and the De La Salle-Dasmariñas medical team to discuss the viability of the province’s COVID-19 testing facility and the readiness of each LGU in facing the challenge.
During the meeting, the following data were established to get a clear view of what are needed to fully capacitate the province for this undertaking.
As of April 2, there are already 1,200 PUIs in the province which could be tested within five days because the province has its own PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing machine.
It is also taken into consideration that there are only 125 ventilators available in all hospitals (both public and private) in the province and an estimate of 5,000 units are needed once the designated holding areas for COVID-19 PUIs and positive patients which are being prepared by the LGUs in their respective cities and municipalities start accommodating them.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jonvic pointed out that it is very depressing when one is a suspected PUI much more so if tested positive of COVID-19.
He surmised that,”Pag sila ay nandoon ay bawal ang sino man bumisita. Ito ay para di na kumalat lalo ang sakit. Ang LGU na ang magpapakain at mag aalaga.”
The medical team of the De La Salle-Dasmariñas reported that they are currently working on the accreditation of their facility as a Bio-Hazard safety certified laboratory by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) until April 12, 2020.
The Governor requested everyone to pray for the success of the team, “Ipagdasal natin ang mga taga DLSU na pumasa at gumana na ang laboratory,” Remulla said. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite with reports from the official FB page of Gov. Jonvic Remulla)