Iloilo soon to open first molecular lab

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The first molecular laboratory at the Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH) in Pototan town may start processing specimens for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing starting next week.

The provincial government-funded P19-million molecular laboratory, which is waiting for a license to operate from the Department of Health, was inaugurated yesterday. It is projected to have a capacity of making 200 tests per day.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., said the molecular laboratory was not an easy assignment. (

He also urged the public to religiously practice safety health protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season.

Meanwhile, Dr. James Ravena, chief pathologist of the IPH, assured that personnel who will operate the molecular laboratory are well-trained, including 13 medical technologists, six encoders and four laboratory aides and receptionists.

As of December 18, Iloilo reported a total of 2,844 Covid-19 cases – 172 of which were active cases, 2,573 recovered and 98 dead.

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