Published March 30, 2020 11:30am
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday announced that at least 120,000 locally-developed test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be available starting Saturday.advertisement
In a statement, DOST said the Manila HealthTek Inc. will manufacture 120,000 test kits as the first batch of reagents arrived, which will enable them to start the manufacturing process.
DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said they will prioritize the production of 26,000 test kits for field implementation and distribution to certain hospitals that can do the testing.
“From April 4 (Saturday) to 25, there will be a field implementation for the 26,000 testing kits funded under the DOST and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) Project,” he said.
These hospitals are Philippine General Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Southern Philippines Medical Center, and Baguio General Hospital.