PH now has 15 COVID-19 testing facilities: Galvez


Posted at Apr 12 2020 11:53 PM

MANILA - The Philippines now has 15 testing facilities for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to National Task Force COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

In a televised briefing Sunday, Galvez said the facilities will be used in testing and identifying COVID-19 patients in the country.

"Ang mga pasilidad na ito ay nakakatulong upang mapabilis at mapalawak ang ating kakayanan na makapag-test at makapag-identify ng COVID patients upang sila ay mabigyan ng karapatang medical treatment," he said.

(These facilities will improve the country's ability to test and identify COVID-19 patients so they can received medical treatment.)

Among the facilities identified in Galvez' presentation are the following:

  • Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • UP National Institute of Health
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • Baguio General Hospital
  • Medical Center Baguio
  • Western Visayas Medical Center
  • Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center
  • Southern Philippines Medical Center
  • Bicol Public Health Laboratory
  • St. Lukes Medical Center – Global/Quezon City
  • The Medical City – Pasig
  • Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Makati Medical City
  • V. Luna Hospital

Galvez also said the country has a total of 2,673 quarantine facilities for all suspected and probable COVID-19 cases.

These facilities have a total bed capacity of 165,756.

Based on the new classification system being used by the Department of Health, those with symptoms but remain untested as "suspect," while those awaiting results are "probable." 

According to Galvez, there are currently 645 probable COVID-19 cases and 900 suspected cases being treated in the said facilities.

Six mass quarantine facilities, including the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila, will start operations this week. These facilities have a total bed capacity of 2,000.

In the coming weeks, 9 more mass quarantine facilities will be operational, while 4 additional COVID-19 referral hospitals, with a bed capacity of 830, will start accepting patients, Galvez also said.

As of Sunday, the Philippines has a total of 4,648 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 297 fatalities and 197 recoveries.

More than 1.6 million people have been infected with the disease worldwide as of April 12, according to the World Health Organization.