Caraga now has 3 COVID-19 testing centers

The testing center of the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City begins its operation on Wednesday (Nov. 25). PHOTO/ MARIA SARAH AGUILAR

There are now three testing laboratories in Caraga region that are capable of detecting the SARS CoV-2—the coronavirus that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This is after the Department of Health (DOH) has approved the accreditation of the Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) in Surigao City as an independent COVID-19 testing facility.

Ma. Cecilia P. Bayana, spokesperson of the government-run CRH, said the testing facility, which begins its operation on Wednesday (Nov. 25), can process 24 specimens daily using the polymerase chain reaction or PCR, which detects presence of antigen, or toxins, instead of antibodies.

Results of tests at the CRH laboratory are expected to be released in 24 to 48 hours, she said.

“The License to Operate was approved November 20. Operation days are on Mondays and Wednesdays as the facility also serves as TB reference laboratory,” Bayana said.

Aside from the testing center of the CRH, two other labs are being operated in Caraga for SARS Cov2 testing—the one in Butuan Medical Center and another one in Butuan M.J. Santos Hospital.

Another laboratories would be added to the region’s testing capacity as Caraga endures continued community transmission of SARS Cov2.

The new labs are taking shape at the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur and another one in Surigao City, to be operated by the Philippine Red Cross. CLC

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