Vico Sotto Wants You to Name Pasig's Soon-to-Open COVID-19 Laboratory

But you can't call it "Vico Lab."

( As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the Metro, local government units have been stepping up on how to protect their constituents. Marikina City opened their own laboratory testing center in April after a lot of back and forth in getting accredited by the Department of Health, while Manila City bought four serology testing machines from Abbott Core Laboratory. Pasig City has been busy in putting together their own molecular diagnostic laboratory, which is almost 100% complete according to a post by Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on August 7. He's also asking for name suggestions for the soon-to-open facility.

The city's laboratory can be used for COVID-19 testing and processing of results, such as the enhanced chemiluminescence immunoassay antibody test and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test. The first method, which is also being used at the The Medical City - Ortigas's drive-thru COVID-19 testing center, promises 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity; while the second remains to be the "gold standard" for pathogen testing.


Sotto also explained that the laboratory can be used even after the pandemic, including testing for dengue, HIV, and other diseases. It is located inside the Pasig City Children's Hospital, which has been converted into a COVID-19 referral facility.

"Pag may nag-suggest na Vico Lab, magmumulta ng 500," the mayor jokes in his post.

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