The two-day CoVid-19 Testing Kit Training is now on its second day at the University of San Agustin Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology (C2B2). Having the facilities and expertise on handling the machine, the University of San Agustin hosted said training which would prepare the West Visayas State University Medical Center that is yet to acquire the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine and set up its laboratory to be considered as the second CoVid-19 Testing Center in the region.
The training is spearheaded by the staff and volunteers sent by Dr. Raul Destura, the main developer of the low-cost COVID-19 Detection Kit, and assisted by two Augustinian Balik Scientist Awardees - Dr. Christopher Caipang and Dr. Doralyn Dalisay.
In the spirit of unity, the training was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Philippine Genome Center-Visayas, West Visayas State University Medical Center, University of San Agustin-Iloilo, Dr. Destura and his staff and volunteers from Manila HealthTek, Inc., the Department of Science and Technology, and the Local Government Unit of Iloilo City. The heart of this initiative is to create a new COVID-19 Testing Center in WVSUMC equipped with proficient staff and necessary equipment. Participating in this are eight (8) medical technologists from WVSUMC and one (1) University Researcher from the PGC-Visayas. The content includes the proper utilization of the PCR machine and the Bio Safety Cabinet (Class II A2).
“This training is not only about the proper usage of testing kits, but it also tackles molecular biology laboratory principles from the most basic to the most complicated,” explained Mr. Julius Aaron Mejia, a Science Research Specialist II and one of the main developers of the Filipino-made test kits who spearheaded the training. The end goal of the training is for the MedTech-participants to pass on their learning and train their fellow practitioners at WVSUMC for efficient use of the testing kit.
Furthermore, to ensure proficiency, this two-day training will be followed by another five-day training next week, 20-24 April 2020 which will be handled by PGC-Visayas headed by its Director, Dr. Victor Marco Emmanuel Ferriols at the same venue.
Certainly, with the collaborative effort of the Ilonggos through expertise and facility-sharing, Iloilo will be a victor in this battle against this pandemic.
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