Tuesday, 03 November 2020 10:35

Random RT-PCR test survey eyed for CdeO

Written by Stephen Capillas
Random RT-PCR test survey eyed for CdeO Photo by Stephen Capillas with CIO file photos

About 1,700 to 2,500 residents of Cagayan de Oro City will soon be chosen at random to undergo a targeted prevalance test survey for COVID-19, the City Health Office (CHO) said Friday noon (Oct. 31).

‘This survey will be conducted jointly with the Department of Health (DOH-10) and swab samples will be taken from the respondents to form the basis of our survey (of COVID-19 prevalence in the city),’ CHO epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya said.

During Friday noon’s press briefing, Dr. Retuya explained that they would have to wait for both the DOH-10 and Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) to upgrade their facilities so they can conduct the prevalence survey using RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test. NMMC is reportedly scheduled to upgrade their laboratory to biosafety level 2 sometime in November.

A serologic prevalence survey conducted by the CHO with DOH last June that involved about 288 randomly selected respondents from 13 zones in Barangay Carmen used rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) with RT-PCR as confirmatory tests.

‘The NMMC’s Gene Xpert testing machine has limited cartridges so the DOH-Tuberculosis Reference Center (can be tapped) but DOH serves not only the city but northern Mindanao. We cannot tap the private hospitals because their RT-PCR tests are paid for (so we will wait for word on DOH on this survey). We may need more respondents if people ask for it and the survey results (may be more conclusive),’ Dr. Retuya said. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19