Kung puro gawa, ‘di salita si Vince Dizon: Higher testing capacity would’ve helped PH contain COVID-19 early- Robredo
The Philippines would’ve arrested the surge in COVID-19 cases had the government rushed the expansion of testing laboratories nationwide, Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday (August 9).
Robredo lauded the government for making the Philippines the top Southeast Asian country in terms of COVID-19 testing capacity, but noted that the feat came a little too late.
“Kung ginawa natin iyong ganitong klaseng tests by March, siguro na-contain natin nang maaga iyong virus. Sobrang bagal kasi natin,” she said on her radio show, “Biserbisyong Leni.”
“Pero kahit may paghihinayang, mabuti na din na na-reach na din natin, na-reach na natin iyong target,” Robredo added.
As of August 4, the Department of Health reported that the country has conducted over 1.6 million tests for COVID-19, with an average of 28,938 tests conducted per day within the last seven days.
The Philippines’ testing capacity is higher than Indonesia, which has tested a total of around 908,000 as of August 4, and testing an average of 14,291 per day within the last seven days according to Our World in Data.
Bases Conversion and Development Authority chairperson Vince Dizon is the administration’s testing czar for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Robredo said she is hopeful that the improved testing capacity will help the government bring down the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“Sana magamit natin— Kasi iyong tests, hindi naman iyon… hindi naman siya iyong nakakagamot. Iyong tests ay pagche-check lang kung sino iyong mga positive, para iyong containment, contact tracing, mangyari,” she said.