The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo purchased P14 million-worth of test kits developed by scientists from the University of the Philippines, in its aim to further help in efforts for testing for COVID-19.
On Friday, April 24, 2020, VP Leni met with microbiologist and infectious diseases expert Dr. Raul Destura, during her visit to Manila HealthTek, Inc., which manufactures the test kits. Dr. Destura led the team from the University of the Philippines - National Institutes of Health and Philippine Genome Center in developing the product.
The sets bought by the OVP will be delivered to the following hospitals certified as laboratories for COVID-19 testing:
• San Lazaro Hospital
• Lung Center of the Philippines
• V. Luna Hospital
• Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory
These include detection and extraction kits, which will help in conducting a total of 10,000 tests.
Prior to this, Robredo’s office had already delivered P5.3 million-worth of extraction kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
(Photo by Jay Ganzon / OVP)