The Northern Mindanao Medical Center’s (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City has secured a license from the Research Institute For Tropical Medicine (RITM) for their medical laboratory for Covid-19 testing. Meanwhile, the City Government is set to acquire a third real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine to augment the testing capacity.

Accordingly, RITM experts will conduct a one-day test run for NMMC’s lab technicians and pathologists after which actual testing will begin. However, due to limited cartridges, priority testing will be conducted for moderate to severe cases based on the strict guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH). NMMC’s lab is capable of processing 36 swab samples per day. Once operational, it will be the first Covid-19 test lab in the region.

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