DOH gives P1M more for Camiguin RT-PCR lab

By : Recthie Paculba Mindanao Today/10:53:56am 09/13/2021


The Department of Health (DOH)-10 allocates P1 million for the completion of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory in Camiguin. (Photo courtesy of Cong. XJ Romualdo)

CAMIGUIN – Boosting the province's capacity to manage the adverse effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH)-10 allocated P1 million for the completion of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory in Camiguin.

Currently at its 98% completion, the RT-PCR laboratory in the province is expected to operate in two weeks’ time.

“The P1 million fund from DOH-10 will be used for the other requirements needed in the laboratory. On Monday, work will be speedily done so everything will be in place. Once completed, we will then open our tourism,” Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said.

The governor added that the laboratory is very essential in the opening of tourism in the province since it will aid in handling the confirmed or probable cases among tourists or locals.

Upon completion of the said facility, Romualdo said Department of Tourism (DOT) Sec. Berna Puyat will then visit the province and will bring as well 4,000 Covid-19 vaccines for the workers of the tourism sector.

Target beneficiaries will be the tricycle drivers, dive shop operators and workers, and pump boat operators.

Romualdo then urged the target recipients to avail the vaccines so they can be protected as they do their jobs in the opening of the province's tourism.

Aside from funding the RT-PCR laboratory in Camiguin, DOH-10 through Sec. Francisco Duque III also signed the memorandum of agreement governing the transition and eventual integration of the Camiguin General Hospital (CGH) into the DOH and the turnover by the DOH to the Provincial Government of Camiguin of its initial reimbursement.

These are among the first major steps towards the realization of Republic Act No. 8482 or the Act Upgrading the Camiguin Island Hospital to Tertiary Level II to be known as the Camiguin General Hospital and Appropriating Funds Therefore.

“We thank the DOH for working with us in crafting a MOA that will enable continuous and uninterrupted service by the CGH as it transitions into the DOH system. We’re particularly glad that the provincial government and the DOH were able to very clearly map out the funding for the CGH,” Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo said.

As of September 7, the province has recorded 123 COVID-19 confirmed cases of which 39 are from Mambajao, Mahinog (24), Guinsiliban (15), Sagay (12) and Catarman (28). Five are availing the no quarantine policy. There are 7 new recoveries and 107 deaths due to COVID-19 in the province. (RTP | PIA-10)

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