The Kidapawan City government has announced the opening of the newly-completed P35.4-million biomolecular laboratory as a proactive measure against COVID-19 infections.
Mayor Joseph Evangelista said the Department of Health – Soccsksargen (DOH-12) Director Dr. Aristides Concepcion-Tan personally inspected and gave the go-signal to start the center’s operation.
“The laboratory will hasten the diagnosis and confirmation of COVID-19 infections from specimen samples.”
“The laboratory will hasten the diagnosis and confirmation of COVID-19 infections from specimen samples,” Evangelista said.
The building structure was funded by the local government unit amounting to P20 million, and another P5.4-million for its amenities.
On the other hand, the Energy Development Corporation, which is operating a geothermal power plant in Barangay Ilomavis, has acquired laboratory equipment for the center amounting to P10 million.
“The facility can provide the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) analysis for patients suspected of COVID-19 infection from this city and the nearby towns,” the mayor said.
“Personnel who underwent training for the operation of the facility got a 100% rating, which served as the basis for the approval of its license to operate.”
The DOH-12 said personnel who underwent training for the operation of the facility got a 100-percent rating, which served as the basis for the approval of its license to operate.
The biomolecular laboratory is the second COVID-19 response facility received by the city this month.
On February 11, the city also received the P10-million temporary treatment monitoring facility funded by the Office of the Civil Defense.
Both projects were built at the same city-owned property in Barangay Nuangan.