Manila City acquires 3 COVID-19 testing machines

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The city government of Manila has purchased three COVID-19 testing machines capable of testing 16,800 residents a week.

“According to Abbott, the testing machines have an accuracy rate of 99.6-percent specificity and 100-percent sensitivity. However, confirmatory swab tests are still required under public health protocols,” the city government of Manila said.

“Similar to rapid test kits, the Abbott serology testing machines uses blood as samples to test residents for COVID-19,” it added. “Aside from COVID-19, the machines can also help the city government’s public healthcare facilities in detecting cancer, hepatitis, thyroid diseases as well as other infectious diseases.”

Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Sampaloc and Ospital ng Maynila will be operating the machines worth P6 million each.

“Makakapag-test ang mga ito ng 50 samples per hour. Uunahin natin ang lahat ng doctor, nurse, mga healthcare workers, starting with Ospital ng Maynila, para mapanatag sila,” Mayor Isko Moreno said.

“Kung kaya nito mag-50 per hour sa 16-hour shift ng ating mga medtech, makakagawa na ng 16,800 per week ang tatlo nating machines,”┬áthe mayor added.