Robredo office buys P14M worth of UP-developed test kits for hospitals


Posted at Apr 24 2020 05:59 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo inspects the test kits her office purchased which will be donated to various hospitals. Courtesy of Jay Ganzon, Office of the Vice President.

MANILA - The Office of Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo on Friday purchased P14 million worth of test kits developed by scientists from University of the Philippines in aid of the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

In a statement, the OVP said Robredo met microbiologist and infectious diseases expert Dr. Raul Destura during her visit to Manila HealthTek Inc., which makes the test kits.

Destura led the team from the UP National Institutes of Health and the Philippine Genome Center in developing the kits, the OVP added.

The test kits that were bought by the OVP will be delivered to San Lazaro Hospital, the Lung Center of the Philippines, V. Luna Hospital and the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory, all of which are designated COVID-19 testing centers.

The donation includes detection and extraction kits, which will help in conducting 10,000 tests, the OVP said.

Robredo's office said that prior to these donations, it delivered P5.3 million worth of extraction kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.