PNP to open own COVID-19 testing center for personnel, some dependents

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Posted at Apr 23 2020 12:43 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2020 12:57 PM

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MANILA - The Philippine National Police is expected to open soon its very own COVID-19 testing center dedicated for its personnel, its chief said Thursday.

“In the PNP, ang target ko, hopefully next week, we will be opening up our very own RTPCR purely for policemen,” PNP Chief Archie Gamboa told ANC.

Gamboa said the testing center will also be used to test personnel in nearby regions of Region 4A, and Region 3.

“Maliit lang capacity nito, ginastusan namin para sa kapulisan,” he said. 

The PNP chief hopes that they get the needed accreditation for the testing center from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

“We are looking at the capacity (of) 180 tests per batch for 2 machines, maximum of 4 times a day,” he said.

Dependents of PNP personnel who live inside Camp Crame, the headquarters of the national police located in Quezon City, can also be tested there.

Gamboa said they converted the PNP's DNA building to serve as area for the testing center.
 
“Pero nagtayo pa rin kami ng separate building just, for that RTPCR, kasi ultimately, lilipat siya doon kasi nga pang-DNA nga ginamit namin,” he said.
 
They are expected to be done with the infrastructure works by Sunday, and Gamboa said he already received a text message that RITM will start training the PNP on the aspect of molecular and biosafety of the testing center.

“Pag naayos ito, then yung final test (is) magpapadala sila ng 5 samples na ‘di mo alam kung ano yun, and then it will be tested. Pag pumasa ka doon, hopefully we can push through with this accreditation,” he said.

The PNP on Saturday said 67 of its frontline personnel have tested positive for COVID-19. They are also monitoring 74 probable and 596 suspected patients who are showing symptoms of the highly contagious disease.