Used Test Kits Were Accidentally Scattered on a Manila Road; Isko Moreno Responds

Around 200 rapid test kits were left on the ground in Sampaloc.

( A sidecar carrying trash was spotted rolling along M. Dela Fuente Street in Sampaloc, Manila, near Trabajo Market, on Tuesday night, September 1—with used rapid antibody test kits dropping from a ripped garbage bag. It sounds straight off of a contagion movie but, unfortunately, this isn't fiction. Members of the Manila Department of Public Services were sent to dispose of the potentially contagious material properly on the same night. 

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno sounded the alarm on the incident, stating that establishments who fail to comply with proper disposal of hazardous waste will be closed down and charged for improper waste management. 

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Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

"Mayroong responsable sa sitwasyon na ito and we are now looking kung saan nanggaling 'yong improper disposal of hazardous materials," the mayor was quoted as saying by the Manila Public Information Office. He added that the Manila police are looking into the situation.

The Mayor reiterated that their government no longer uses these types of test kits. The City of Manila stopped using rapid antibody test kits on July 15; instead they use COVID-19 serology testing machines in government hospitals and other establishments. Their free drive-thru testing centers now rely on these serology machines as well. 

Mayor Isko Moreno speaks to healthcare workers after receiving a few of their serology machines bought from American healthcare firm Abbott.
PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

"Hazardous waste disposal is done through [Department of Environment and Natural Resources]-accredited hazardous waste service contractors, which is in charge in the treatment, storage, and disposal of all hazardous and infectious waste generated in all health centers and district hospitals in the City of Manila," explained Moreno. "All wastes generated are properly handled and treated prior to its final disposal."

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