As part of its full commitment and support to eliminate the COVID-19 threat in the city, the City Government procured a Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Machine and Coronavirus Detection Kits for 950 Persons and the city will purchase more as needed. This is to enhance the capability to examine and test Nagahanons who are identified as Suspected Cases according to the Department of Health guidelines.

City Mayor Kristine Vanessa T. Chiong signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DOH 7 Regional Director Jaime Bernadas on March 25, 2020 that specifies that the City Government has loaned the RT-PCR Machine to DOH 7, who has the skilled personnel and molecular laboratory to fully operate it. The City of Naga Medical Technologists will do the swabbing procedure here in the city and submit the swabs to DOH who will report the test results to the City Government. The city continues to follow the DOH Guidelines on who are allowed or subjected for testing. As of this time, a total of 15 individuals were tested for COVID-19 infection, 10 of whom are Suspected Cases while 5 were previously Persons Under Investigation (PUI). There is no confirmed case so far.

The City Government hopes that buying its own RT-PCR Machine will ensure that Nagahanons who need to be tested can immediately undergo the test at any given time.

On behalf of the people of the City of Naga, City Mayor Kristine Vanessa T. Chiong thanks DOH 7 through Regional Director Jaime Bernadas for a strengthened coordination and partnership that enables the city to fight this pandemic as one community, OPAV Secretary Mike Dino for purchasing the Extraction Machine and providing the city with 200 Swab Kits, thus enabling Naga’s RT-PCR Machine to be now up and running, and Dr. Jean Loreche, Pathologist who helped the City Government install the machine at the DOH 7 Molecular Laboratory.

As Mayor Kristine expressed, she has always taken a cue on what World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom said on the importance of testing to be able to win this. “You can’t win a football game only by defending. You have to attack as well. Asking people to stay at home and other physical distancing measures are an important way of slowing down the spread of the virus and buying time – but they are defensive measures.

To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics – testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for every confirmed case, and tracing and quarantining every close contact”.

To God be all the Glory ! Padayon Nagahanon !