The Marikina Lab Has Been Given the DOH Green Light

Secretary Duque even cited it as "one of the best laboratories" he has seen.

(SPOT.ph) The long wait to open Marikina City's own testing facility for COVID-19 is finally coming to an end. Health Secretary Francisco Duque himself has given the go-signal: The Marikina Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory may begin conducting COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, April 21. The official approval comes after Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro said they would begin testing on April 17 with or without the proper sanctions from the Department of Health

Secretary Duque and Mayor Teodoro were spotted inspecting the Marikina Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory on April 17, with the secretary referring to the facilities as "one of the best laboratories" he has seen. "Sana maging modelo ito para sa ibang [local government units] para mapaigting o mapalawig ang testing capacity," added the secretary.

The testing center is located in a standalone two-storey building; a move that was announced on March 30 after the intended location of the lab—the sixth floor of Marikina City's Health Office—was declared by the Department of Health (DOH) to be unfit to handle infectious substances. According to Teodoro, local authorities have been waiting on DOH officials to inspect the new location for final approval—but it took the mayor's announcement on April 14 of plans to operate with or without DOH certification—before a team finally came on the same day. 

The health secretary previously noted that accreditation must be very strict as improper handling may lead to a localized outbreak of the virus, according to an Inquirer.net report

Main image from Marikina PIO / Facebook, for illustrative purposes only.

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