39 molecular lab workers has Covid

THE City Health Office of Imus City was forced to conduct a bubble setup work scheme in their molecular laboratory so as not to paralyze the processing of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results on Friday.

According to a report, 39 out of the 47 working staff of the molecular lab at the Ospital ng Imus (ONI) in Malagasang 1-G have tested positive for Covid-19.

Workers with mild or no symptoms were required to stay inside the hospital bubble and perform their regular duties.

Most of the swab samples in the entire province of Cavite are brought to the ONI molecular lab for processing.

“Kapag full force kami, we can finish around 1,500 to 2,000 samples a day. Ngayon, kasi nga eight lang sila naka-duty, so minimum 300 samples for this week,” acting City Health Officer Dr. Ferdie Mina said in an interview.

“Katulad kahapon, 17 samples coming from Batangas, sige na kako tanggapin na natin yan, at mabuti natapos na namin ‘yung 1,500 backlog namin. Kasi nga most of the samples are done here in ONI Molecular Lab, instead of going too far, tulad ng GenTri, Dasma, Cavite City and NAIA dito dinadala.”

Local government of Imus under Mayor and Buklod Filipino party-list 1st nominee Emmanuel Maliksi has been providing antigen kits to every village and health centers in the city as the number of Covid-19 cases in the city continues to rise.

“Katulad dito sa vaccination site, 25 of my staff here tested positive on antigen test, mabuti na lang most of them have asymptomatic and mild symptoms,” Mina said.

On January 13, Cavite recorded 2,096 new cases of Covid-19. There are also 9,807 active cases in the province.

Based on the latest quarantine guidelines of the Department of Health, if a health care worker is asymptomatic, the quarantine requirement is only five days. On the sixth day, the worker can return to work.

According to Mina, some of the staff in the molecular lab can return to work on Monday.