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Lanao del Norte opens first COVID-19 testing laboratory

October 01, 2020 - Thursday 10:10 AM by PR

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Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte - This province inaugurated on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 its first COVID-19 molecular testing laboratory located in this municipality.

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, who led the launching of the testing facility together with National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito G. Galvez Jr, said that the province now has the capacity to detect COVID-19 and will no longer have bring test samples to other areas for processing.

"Upon knowing that the RT-PCR test takes time to get the result due to volume of swab specimen brought to Cagayan de Oro, Davao City or Manila, I see the urgency to have our own molecular biology laboratory for us to immediately respond to every patient’s medical needs," Quibranza-Dimaporo said.

The testing laboratory has the capacity to process initial 90 tests per day. Its construction was financed by the provincial government of Lanao del Norte.

Also present during the event were Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo; Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Abdullah Dimaporo; Lanao Del Norte Vice Governor Cristina Atay; Kapatagan Mayor Barry Baguio; Provincial Boardmember Haris U Ali; DOH 10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an; Lieutenant General Caorleto Vinluan, commander of Western Mindanao Command; Brigadier General Facundo Palafox, commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade; and Police Brigadier General Rolando Anduyan, regional director of PRO 10.  (National Task Force Against Covid19)

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