- Marikina Mayor Marcelino” Marcy” Teodoro confirmed that the Department of Health disapproved the Marikina CO
VID-19 Testing Center
- Teodoro said he received a letter from the DOH saying that they must build a separate building for the facility
- He noted that the local government dedicated the entire sixth floor of the City Health Office building with an exclusive elevator for the testing center
The Department of Health (DOH) has disapproved the Marikina CO
VID-19 Testing Center, Marikina Mayor Marcelino” Marcy” Teodoro confirmed on Thursday, March 26.
In a letter received by the local government of Marikina dated March 24, the DOH recommended that the proposed COVID-19 testing facility should be located in a separate location/facility outside the City Health Office so that cross-in
fection is minimized and less foot traffic will be observed for the protection of staff and Marikina residents.
“Sabi ng DOH, kailangan daw ilipat ito sa ibang lugar, sariling gusali dapat daw ang laboratoryo. Hindi maaaring ilagay sa City Health Office building. ‘Yong City Health Office ay nagbigay tayo ng isang exclusive elevator doon, isang buong palapag ay nakalaan sa laboratoryo natin sa Marikina City CO
VID-19 Testing Center. Pero hindi pa rin ito pinayagan ng DOH, ang sinasabi nila, kailangan magtayo ng isang hiwalay at bagong gusali para sa CO VID Testing Center,” he disclosed.
The mayor added that the DOH also disapproved the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (ARMMC), which is a DOH-retained Level 3 hospital, as an alternative testing facility.
“Ayaw din nila sa ARMMC na pinangangasiwaan nila, kahit makakasunod sa ideal set up ng laboratory gusto talaga nila bagong pasilidad,” he said. “Nagtataka kami kung bakit ang RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) ay isang co-shared facility na naroon ang admin office at may ospital pa, samantalang kami ay hindi kami pinayagang mag-operate ng aming testing laboratory.”
Reacting to the DOH’s decision, the mayor noted that given the health cri
sis in the country, the health department should set different protocol for the establishment of CO VID-19 centers.
The mayor wants the facility to be operational as soon as possible because the country is already under public health eme
rgency and this will address the need for mass testing in order to contain the transmission and spread of coro navirus.