2nd Negros COVID testing lab mulled

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental intends to put up another coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratory through a joint venture with a private company.Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, said the province’s proposed second molecular laboratory will be constructed at the Valladolid District Hospital in partnership with Manila-based company Safeguard Diagnostics.Safeguard Diagnostics, according to Diaz, will supply all of the equipment. The provincial government, meanwhile, will handle the funds for the proposed laboratory.The province will receive P95,000 a month from the private company as a rent, and a five-percent rebate from the gross receipt of the company.Diaz pointed out that aside from being beneficial to the residents of southern Negros, the molecular laboratory in Valladolid can serve as a secondary testing center in case the province’s main test laboratory at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City encounters a problem.He furthered that all of the machines and test kits that would be used will come from the United States./PNlast_img

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