CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Department of Health (DOH) Calabarzon Regional Office is one of the recipients of portable laboratory kits for monitoring disease epidemics from the ASEAN Canada Global Partnership Program (GPP).
Apart from Calabarzon, 16 other regional epidemiology and Surveillance Units (RESUs) across the country received kits at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) complex in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on 29 August.
"This labkit ensures proper collection, packaging and transport while respecting biosecurity in the field and improves data collection and reporting of an outbreak, and can also be used to reinforce surveillance systems that can be used for biohazard events for public health of international importance. detect, "said DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo at the weekend.
Janairo said the portable lab kit would be useful in the event of a possible disease outbreak for disease monitoring and surveillance in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.
"With this equipment, our epidemiologists can now offer early detection, confirmation and prevention of deadly pathogens, including the development of laboratory tests and the treatment and management of patients in the field of care, without sending the laboratory samples to RITM and waiting for results ," he said.
Glen S. Ramos, DOH Calabarzon media relations and communication department (MRCU), said the DOH had distributed kits to RESUs, Epidemiology Agencies, Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) graduates and selected provincial and urban epidemiology and surveillance units across the Philippines.
Ramos said the labkits were funded by the global partnership between ASEAN and Canada under the Strengthening Reaction Program for Emerging and New Diseases & # 39;
The partnership program involves building a national laboratory for emerging hazardous pathogens, improving the research capacity of outbreaks of DOH's national and regional epidemiology and surveillance units and improving RITM's ability to respond to biological threats in the environment. communities.
Ramos said the field test kit includes rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for dengue and viral hepatitis for a "quick and easy" preliminary or medical screening or diagnosis.
He added that the field test kit also has a number of entomological equipment, such as aspirator and flashlight, for collecting indoor and outdoor mosquitoes, drippers, sieve pan and funnel net for wells, ladle, larvae bottles and vector dissection equipment.
Ramos said the portable laboratory kit also has specimen collection supplies, such as blood culture bottles, Cary Blair medium / Stuart's transport medium, disposable storage tubes and syringes, glass slides and coverslips, gloves, label sample address, masks, disposable pipette, scalpel / blade, spatula, forceps, eye holder, needle removal container, scissors, sleeping bag, outdoor items, stationery, test tube racks, throat swabs, tourniquet with clip, universal transport media, vacutainer with EDTA, portable digital centrifuge and centrifuge tubes.
For testing, the set includes adhesive tape, alcohol wipes / bottles, android tablets with GIS, bio hazard bags, calculator, flashlight with rechargeable batteries, blood glucose meter set, BP equipment, digital thermometer, digital camera, hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment, povidone iodine, portable printer, portable projector, smart watch with GPS, power banks, rechargeable lamps, rubber bands, spirit lamp / gas lighter, sterile stool container, trunk and smaller tool box, vaccine carrier with ice-packs, Ziploc plastic bags, matches, OMNI extension cord, pelican large suitcase, plastic petridish, closing foil, 64 GB digital card, 16 GB Flash Drive, ZTE Pocket Wi-Fi Kit and windbreaker.
"It is supplemented with essential forms and reference documents used for research and incident reporting", added Ramos. (PNA)