Manila opens first walk-in COVID testing center

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  • The City of Manila has opened its first walk-in testing center in order to allay residents’ fears of being exposed in a hospital
  • The walk-in testing center outside Ospital ng Sampaloc is capable of doing 150 tests per day
  • Eventually, they are planning to open more walk-in testing centers in the city to improve community-based mass testing

In order to allay people’s fear of undergoing testing because it has to be done in a hospital, the Manila City government launched its first COVID-19 walk-in testing center outside Ospital ng Sampaloc.

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“This walk-in concept is a concept wherein people should not be afraid anymore to go to the hospital because we all know hospitals have COVID-19 patients. Hindi kailangan tumaas ang high probability of being exposed, kaya we made it adjacent to the hospital,” Manila Mayor Isko Moreno explained.

This, he added, is also part of their initiative to conduct community-based mass testing.

The walk-in testing center can conduct 150 test per day and they hope to increase the capacity by purchasing more reagents, which are needed to test bl0od samples from patients.

Samples will then be processed using the COVID-19 serology testing machines. These are processed using the COVID-19 serology testing machines purchased by the Manila City government from American healthcare firm Abbott.

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“With the cash donations coming in to the Manila City government, we can use them to buy reagents. With that, tataas ang aming load capacity. Naturally, as we progress, and may awa ang Diyos, again and again, it will be made available to everyone,” he said.

The city government is planning to open more walk-in testing centers outside Ospital ng Maynila, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, and Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital.

“In this time of crisis, time is of the essence. The earlier the detection, the better for the city, the better for the community,” the mayor said.

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