Western Visayas’ testing backlog impedes fight vs COVID-19

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BACOLOD CITY —- Testing backlog has hampered the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Western Visayas.

The Department of Health (DOH) has not reported new COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City for the past three days pending the release of swab test results.

Dr. Stephanie Abello, head of the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (WVMC-SNL) in Iloilo City, said they have been overwhelmed by swab specimens being sent to them for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing.

She hoped that more COVID-19 testing laboratories in Negros Occidental and Iloilo would be created to help the WVMC-SNL and the Teresita L. Jalandoni …

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