The Mayor also said the testing center is open to all Manileños and non-Manileños.
“Kahit sino, puwede magpa-test dito. Kahit hindi taga-Maynila (Anyone can be tested here even if you’re not a Manila resident). [The COVID-19 pandemic] is a universal problem. We have to approach it inclusively. That is why this is open to all and for free,” he said.
Domagoso added that another swab testing laboratory will be opened by the Manila City government. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government is tracking the source of the used rapid test kits that were found scattered on a street in Sampaloc, Manila on Tuesday night (September 1).
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said they already have a lead on where the rapid test kits came from. He also warned that the local government will file charges against hospitals, clinics, and laboratories that will fail to properly dispose hazard wastes.
“We saw already a person of interest so that we will locate maybe the clinic, maybe a private office, maybe a hospital or maybe a laboratory. Sa ngayon mayroon nang lead (we already have a lead),” he said.
The rapid test kits were placed inside sacks loaded on a sidecar of a pedicab. One of the sacks fell off causing the used test kits to scatter along M. Dela Fuente Street.
The Department of Health (DOH) also warned that erring establishments could face revocation of license. DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire reminded healthcare facilities to follow the proper protocols on disposal of hazardous waste.
Vergeire said improper disposal of hazardous waste increases risk to public health.
“We issue warnings kapag hindi ka pa rin sumunod (if you still do not follow). We will suspend you and the final revocation of license. With regard to these healthcare waste their license will be at risk,” she said.
The Manila local government immediately collected the used rapid test kits and disinfected the area. The used kits will be turned over to an accredited hazardous waste collector. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said it is the LGUs responsibility to make sure the youth continues their education amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Manila LGU has allotted over P1 billion budget for the provision of learning devices to students and teachers.
It will continue to distribute learning devices before the opening of classes on October 5. AAC
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