Marikina to Procure 3,000 Testing Kits Amid COVID-19 Cases
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Mayor Marcy Teodoro disclosed on Wednesday, March 11, that the local government will be procuring 3,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits following the City’s five confirmed cases.
“As part of our aggressive measures against COVID-19, I have ordered for the procurement of 3,000 testing kits for the disease after talks with Director Eric Domingo of FDA (Food and Drug Administration),” said Mayor Marcy.
In an interview on Unang Balita, early Wednesday, Mayor Marcy confirmed that Marikina has a total of five COVID-19 cases. The four new cases who voluntarily submitted themselves for quarantine include the wife and three household workers of the 86-year-old American who is the first confirmed case that tested positive of having the virus.
Mayor Marcy clarifies that the transmission of the virus is just local since the five cases all came from one household. He added that it is not a community transmission because there were no reported persons within the neighborhood that were infected.
Amid the confirmed cases in the City, Mayor Marcy said that the Local Government will purchase 3,000 testing kits developed by the scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP) National Institutes of Health (NIH), which was approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director Eric Domingo.
Mayor Marcy explained the importance of quickly testing people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 so that contract tracing will be immediately conducted as well as the disinfection in the premises to contain and prevent the virus from spreading.
“It is very important to test those exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Ito ay para maging effective and timely ang contact tracing natin para ma-contain at hindi na mag-spread, at para na rin ma-disinfect din natin ang mga lugar na pinuntahan nila,” said Mayor Marcy.
The Local Government of Marikina continuously urged residents to remain calm, observe proper hygiene, follow coughing etiquette and to refrain from going to crowded places and attending public gatherings to prevent the spread of the disease.
“I assure the public that the local government unit of Marikina is ready to fight against COVID-19. After the first case of the disease was recorded in the city, I have ordered for massive disinfection of public spaces in the city to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city. Our disinfection activities are being conducted regularly. We have ensured that (thermal) scanners and hand sanitizers are in place at all times in entrances of establishments,” said Mayor Marcy.
Mayor Marcy has activated the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams of the 17 barangays in Marikina to monitor the situation and implement preventive measures against COVID-19.
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