Silay hospital may soon give COVID tests


Negros Occidental will soon have its own coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing laboratory operating at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City.

Former Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, provincial consultant on economic affairs, yesterday said the Department of Health (DOH) has informed them that the TB testing facility at the TLJPH is capable of handling Covid-19 tests.

“We are the only ones that have a negative pressure room that can accommodate testing of even airborne viruses,” said Benitez. (

He added that the equipment is being calibrated and they are waiting for approval from the DOH for the laboratory to start testing Covid-19 specimens.

“We are working hard on it,” he said, adding that once it is operational the province can conduct more Covid-19 tests.

Swab specimens of persons suspected of having Covid-19 are currently being sent to a DOH laboratory in Iloilo that conducts tests for the entire Western Visayas.