Bohol’s first PCR lab starts operations with ‘soft opening
Bohol’s COVID-19 cases have been growing and it has been confirmed that community-transmitted diseases are indeed happening.
Hence, the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) has started its molecular laboratory operations to test COVID-19 samples.
The laboratory is located inside GCGMH is the first facility capable of conducting polymerase chain reaction testing. GCGMH is the only COVID-19 referral hospital in the whole province.
GCGMH medical chief Dr. Mutya Macuno on Monday said that the lab had its soft opening as requested by Governor Arthur Yap ahead of its “grand opening” on Friday.
Macuno said that the laboratory has passed its proficiency test overseen by by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
The Department of Health, following the development, gave authority to the GCGMH to start operations of its new lab.
“We got an email from the RITM na perfect ang atong score, 100 percent. Officially, we can really start conducting the test,”– GCGMH medical chief Dr. Mutya Macuno
The province of Bohol, as of Monday, has 90 confirmed cases.