The mayor of Dagupan City, Pangasinan said Wednesday he donated 8 months worth of his salary to buy 1,000 units of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rapid anti-body test kits (RATKs).
"The test kits, which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, are sold commercially at about P1,000 each, costing Mayor Lim about P1 million, the equivalent of his salary for eight months," Mayor Brian Lim said in a statement.
Lim said he that even though RATKs are not confirmatory, these would help local officials make more "strategic" decisions to contain the virus.
"According to the DOH, the RATK can only detect the presence of antibodies produced by an individual to fight the virus and can only be used as an 'adjunct tool' after a person under investigation (PUI) has completed his or her 14-day quarantine, asymptomatic and discharged from a health facility," Lim said.
"The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, which detect the actual presence of the virus, is still the 'gold standard' in testing for COVID-19," he added.
Dagupan City currenty has 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 wherein one died and none recovered yet. The city also has 49 persons under investigation.
The mayor said he has instructed the city's COVID-19 focal person to use the tests kits in accordance to the health department's protocols.
The health department has tallied a total of 3,870 cases of COVID-19 with 182 fatalities and 96 recoveries in the country.