Antique ready to conduct rapid test for COVID to frontliners

first_imgThis province can now conduct rapid tests for coronavirus disease 2019 to its frontliners using the rapid diagnostic test kits donated by the Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC).The provincial government here will also purchase its own test kits which will be made available in its borders located in the towns of Hamtic and Pandan. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) here can now conduct rapid tests to frontliners using the test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) donated by the Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC).Gov. Rhodora Cadiao said SMPC has donated 13 boxes of COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test kits worth P5 million.“The IPHO could now start to conduct the rapid test to front-liners,” said Cadiao on May 6.Aside from the donation, the provincial government here will also purchase its own test kits.It was on May 4 when, the Provincial Board here approved the proposal of buying P15 million worth of rapid test kits which will be made available in the provincial borders of Hamtic and Pandan towns aside for the other frontliners. With the test kits present in the borders, homebound Antiqueños, including sugar migrants from Negros Occidental province, will be tested before they can be granted entry. “If the testing is made right in the borders, then we could prevent COVID-19 from spreading further within this province,” Cadiao said. Rapid tests for the virus will also be conducted to employees of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office here who deliver food packs to COVID-19 affected families in the municipalities.  The P15 million budget of the provincial government here for the purchase of test kits will be sourced from its P65 million Bayanihan Grant from the national government.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img


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