Valenzuela joins hands with The Medical City for mass testing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) — A local government officially inked a mass testing deal for the benefit of COVID-19 patients and health workers with one of the highly trusted hospitals in the country, The Medical City.

"We know that government hospitals are in its full capacity, so [we] sought for a private hospital partner that can process our test kits," Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said in a statement.

Gatchalian noted that it is the very first public-private partnership for mass testing — regarding his local administration's move as "one of the breakthroughs of the fight against the pandemic."

He said the city government will be in-charge of the procurement and supply of test kits, extraction kits, and swab kits, which will be used by The Medical City for its laboratory tests.

The city mayor also declared that mass testing will be free for all COVID-19 patients under investigation (PUIs), patients under monitoring (PUMs), health workers, and other frontliners.

The agreement was sealed on April 3. Gatchalian said The Medical City may start conducting confirmatory tests as soon as it receives Stage 5 laboratory accreditation from the Department of Health. The healthcare facility is now under Stage 4 of the validation process.

"We will pray that we can have the accreditation the soonest, so we can start the mass testing,” Gatchalian said.