Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has again emphasized the need for enough testing capacity as the region opens up.
The mayor briefed the press today at the Iloilo city hall following the city government’s first flag-raising ceremony after 3 months of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need to start additional economic activities but first we have to make sure of enough testing capacity,” Treñas said.
He disclosed that the city government has bought two respirators and these are now under usufruct with the Western Visayas Medical Center and the WVSU-Medical Center.
The city has now also a PCR machine here and is ready whenever construction of its laboratory is completed, said the mayor.
Mayor Treñas noted that there are ongoing developments for additional testing laboratory facilities in Iloilo City and elsewhere in the region.
Besides the existing COVID-19 testing laboratories at the WVMC and in Negros Occidental, there are others nearing completion in Iloilo City at the WVSU-MC and Qualimed Hospital.
The Provincial Government of Iloilo has also scheduled construction of a COVID-19 testing laboratory at the Provincial Hospital in Pototan.