Second Rapid Antigen Testing Facility opens in Ilocos Norte


Sep. 23, 2020 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, through the initiative of Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, inaugurated its second Rapid Antigen Testing Facility at Brgy. Pancian, Pagudpud, last Tuesday.

The newly established testing facility is currently housed at the Pancian Hospital. It is composed of machines that detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human blood, serum or plasma samples.

"Ang mga machines na dumating ay ang Ichroma II flouresence Immunoassay antibody machine para doon sa ating antigen assay. Pareho sa mga machines natin sa Badoc Testing Facility. Nagamit natin agad-agad ang machine sa mga pumasok sa ating probinsiya noong opening mismo ng facility," Provincial Quarantine Facility Consultant Dr. Rina Corpuz remarked.

At present, a total of 100 persons have been tested at facility since it was opened, recording zero COVID-19 case among them.

Moreover, External Affairs Consultant Mr. Ryan Remigio is hopeful for the efficiency of the newly established facility in the province:

"Nagkaroon tayo ng testing facility para ma-cater natin ang mga residenteng pumapasok at lumalabas dito sa probinsiya. Ilocos Norte  ang isa sa mga may machines na gagamitin for testing dito sa bansa so I am hopeful na makatutulong ang mga ito upang lalo pang maprotektahan ang Ilocos Norte."

From March 30 to September 23, 2020, almost 7,000 returning residents have been assisted by the Provincial Government.

Ilocos Norte is one of the few provinces that were able to set up a COVID-19 RT-PCR laboratory on the onset of the pandemic, and the first to use the GeneXpert technology in detecting the disease.