The city government of Davao will not issue a new Executive Order (EO) for the purpose of suspending the order for mandatory swabbing of all F1, F2, and F3 contacts of anyone tested positive for Covid-19 via RTPCR.
This developed as the extraction machine to run swab specimens at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is currently not functional and needs repair.
“No dili ta magpagawas og Executive Order (to suspend EO 20-A: Mandatory Swab Test for F1, F2, F3). Pero duna lang ta’y internal agreement with the health group with regard to maghatag og leeway because dili sala sa mga tao nga nadaot ang machine dinha sa SPMC. But kung ang tao ma-contact trace siya and masultihan siya nga kinahanglan siya magpa-test, pwede gihapon siya magpa-test on his own sa private laboratories,” Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Monday.
The city government of Davao is temporarily limiting Covid-19 RT-PCR swab testing to close contacts or F1 and the individuals with influenza-like illnesses (ILI) only due to the limited supply of detection kits.
The free RT-PCR swab testing for individuals who do not fall under F1 and ILI will not be accommodated from Monday, September 13, 2021 until further notice. These include people tagged thru the Safe DQR, surveillance and community swabbing for high-risk areas, and individuals who are getting an RT-PCR result for their health certificate.
“Ang atoang unahon is katong mga high risk individuals. Mao ni atoang close contacts or F1, katong naa jud direct contact sa known positive ug katong mga patients nga naga show og Covid-related symptoms. Typically naga positive gyud ni sila so unahon gyud nato sila,” said Dr. Michele Schlosser, spokesperson of Davao City Covid-19 Task Force.
While SPMC molecular laboratory is ongoing repair, specimens will be processed through the Los Amigos Molecular laboratory, which can only run 450 specimens per day, as supposed to 1,500 specimens per day with the combined capacity of the two molecular laboratories.
The city also advised the public to expect a slight delay in the turnaround time of swab results due to the repair of the SPMC extraction machine.
Schlosser advised individuals to go to a private Covid-19 center or laboratory should they need an RT-PCR test result at their own expense.
“Limited atoang supply as of the moment pero ginapangitaan na og paraan sa local government para madagdagan pa atoang supply sa detection kits para sa RT-PCR,” she said.