THE Mandaue City Government will set up a walk-in swabbing and rapid diagnostic testing area at the San Roque Gym in Barangay Subangdaku.
The City expects a rise in coronavirus disease 2019 cases as it hopes to test more people in the coming weeks.
This development was confirmed by Karlo Cabahug, head of the diagnostic and testing team.
The City already has a testing facility at the Norkis Park.
On Aug. 25, 2020, Cabahug’s team inspected the gym.
He said they expect the project to be completed in two weeks once they finalize the plan.
The facility at the Norkis Park only conducts swab tests for scheduled contact-traced individuals endorsed by barangays. The San Roque Gym facility will accept walk-ins, Cabahug said.
However, a walk-in client will have to fill up a form and undergo an interview online, he said. Only if the client is deemed qualified for swab testing will the extraction of samples proceed, Cabahug said.
Cabahug said they’ve swabbed an average of 16 to 20 individuals daily in the past few days.
He said they expect the number to increase as the contact tracing team has ramped up its operations.
He said they will hire more medical technologists to conduct the tests.
Cabahug said they want to add 30 swabbers to their existing 15.
The in-house medical technologists of the Mandaue City Hospital will also help with the testing and with the contact tracing, he said.
Cabahug said they also welcome volunteers, especially if they are medical technologists. (KFD)