PASIG CITY, April 16 (PIA) -- The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) ramped up COVID-19 testing as it distributed 97,000 antigen test kits to hospitals and local government units in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The antigen procured by OCD were distributed to 45 local government units (LGUs), hospitals, and several government agencies in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
According to OCD, Resolution No. 108 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) authorized the agency to utilize its quick response fund to procure the said test kits.
"The Office of the Civil Defense is hereby authorized to procure using their Quick Response Fund under the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management or such other available funds, an initial 500,000 pieces of any of the following Rapid Antigen Test Kits authorized by the Food and Drug Administration," the resolution read adding that the purchase of kits seeks to ensure the swift detection of cases and tracing of close contacts.
The procured Abbott Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid test devices, which were delivered in two batches, are stored in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Meanwhile, an online training on the use of the test kits was also held last April 14 for health care personnel who will administer the tests in the recipient LGUs and hospitals.
The OCD also continues to carry its other functions in COVID-19 response operations which include logistical support to COVID-19 facilities nationwide and management of donations. (PIA NCR)