102,000 test kits donated by China at par with WHO test kits: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has released a statement clarifying that the 2,000 BGI RT-PCR and 100,000 Sansure RT-PCR COVID-19 test kits donated by the Chinese government have been assessed by Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) to be at par with the test kits provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The DOH said parallel testing were done.

“Moreover, Sansure test kits contain all required reagents to run the test successfully. This means that no other reagents will need to be procured by the Philippine government to use the test kits,” DOH added.

“On the other hand, the test kits mentioned during the press briefing by the Department last 28 March 2020 referred to another test that was proposed to be donated by a private foundation. Upon preliminary review of documents by RITM, subsequent validation was necessary,” it added.

“To minimize this extra steps, parties agreed to use BGI and Sansure RT-PCR test kits for subsequent donations,” DOH explained.

It also apologized “for any confusion that preciously issued statement have caused.”