MANILA – Early detection and treatment of the Covid-19 virus would soon be possible with inauguration Friday of the University of the Philippines (UP) Covid-19 Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (CMDL) in its campus in Los Baños, Laguna.
The CMDL facility is based at the UPLB Agriculture and Life Science Complex. It features a “price technology for the early detection, timely treatment, and improved chances of recovery against the dreaded disease,” said.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar who, together with other Cabinet officials, joined its ribbon-cutting rites.
The CMDL actually started accepting swab samples on July 6 after securing the certification and license to operate from the Department of Health’s (DOH) Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and Health Facilities and Service Regulatory Bureau. It is expected to help boost the government’s efforts to fight Covid-19.
The UPLB-CDML’s six laboratory analysts scored 100 percent in nucleic acid extraction, reagent preparation, and real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. The proficiency test in these areas serves as the last stage of assessment before the DOH and RITM can allow a testing center to conduct Covid-19 testing.
As of Thursday, the Philippines has logged 51,754 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 12,813 recoveries and 1,314 fatalities.