Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo recently led the formal blessing and inauguration of the province’s new Covid-19 Testing Laboratory located at the old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital in the municipality of Kapatagan. It is the only facility in Northern Mindanao created and financed by a local government unit (LGU) and one of 21 of its kind in the country.

Special invited guests during the milestone event held last September 30, 2020 included Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. the Chief Implementer of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Lanao del Norte Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo, Vice Gov. Christina Atay, and DOH-10 Regional Director Adriano Suba-an.

The Covid-19 Molecular Biology Laboratory can process at least 90 tests per day, boosting the testing capacity in the region. Its operation can eliminate delays in Covid-19 testing in the province where samples are usually sent to Cagayan de Oro or Davao.

info and photos by Province of Lanao del Norte and Adriano Suba-an

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