THE containerized Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Laboratory of the Provincial Government of Bohol is now operational after the Department of Health (DOH) granted it license to operate effective Monday, Aug. 24 to Dec. 31, 2020.
Bohol Provincial Gov. Arthur Yap announced this in a post on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
He said the laboratory, located on J.A. Clarin St. in Dao, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, can run reverse transcriptase PCR tests beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26.
“The new Bohol RT-PCR lab is our effort to increase our Province’s capacity at testing probable infected persons, especially those who are on our contact tracing lists,” Yap told SunStar Cebu.
With this laboratory, he said, they hope to zero in early on communities so they can have a better basis for ordering homes or puroks and baranggays, quarantined.
Mary Jean Loreche, M.D., DOH 7 spokesperson, also confirmed this development in a text message sent to SunStar Cebu.
Yap said this laboratory is the second accredited PCR lab and the staff scored a 100 percent proficiency in their accreditation test.
Loreche also said this is the fourth government-owned Covid-19 testing laboratory in the region to include the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Sub-national Laboratory, the DOH 7’s Cebu TB Reference Laboratory and the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital.
Yap said they are targeting about 100 tests a day although he said he had been informed that should they operate the lab on a 24-hour basis, they can bring this up to 300 tests per 24-hour shift.
He said that as of now, they have no plans to open the lab yet to neighboring provinces at this early stage because the staff must first build up their performance. He, however, said, he is sure that when the need arises, Bohol will help other provinces.
DOH 7 on Tuesday, Aug. 25, recorded 68 new Covid-19 cases, 42 additional reported recoveries and two more reported deaths.
Of the new cases, seven are in Cebu City; seven in Mandaue City; 11 in Lapu-Lapu City; 40 in Cebu Province; and one each in Talisay City, Consolacion and Minglanilla.
As of Aug. 25, the region has a total of 2,756 active cases, 14,609 total reported recoveries and 1,074 total recorded deaths. (WBS)