Medical Technologists of the Dumaguete City Health Office recently receive one thousand rapid diagnostic test (RDT) to replenish its supply.

The City’s medical technologists are led by the experienced Loreli Ignacio and Marjorie Umbac. They are also considered as frontliners in the efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, ordered the procurement of the Rapid 2019-NCOV test kits for the qualitative assessment of IGG and IGM antibodies to 2019 Novel Coronavirus in human serum, plasma or whole blood.

This test can be administered to Persons Under Monitoring and even health workers before or after quarantine.

However, since not everybody can avail of the Rapid Diagnostic Test due to the limited number of available kits, the City’s IATF EID still adopts the Department of Health’s order of priority as follows:

1st PRIORITY– patients, including medical professionals and health workers that exhibit severe to critical symptoms of COVID-19 with known travel history or contact to a positive patient

2ND PRIORITY – medical professionals and health care workers with mild symptoms and known exposure to a positive patient. And all patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 classified as PUI, who are (1) known to be high risk with pre-existing medical condition and/or member of the vulnerable group (2) with known travel history or contact to a positive patient

3RD PRIORITY – medical professionals and health workers with no symptoms (asymptomatic) but with known exposure to a positive patient. And patients with no symptoms (asymptomatic) with known travel history or contact to a positive patient.