Mactan-Cebu Airport opens PH first Covid-19 testing lab

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DAVAO CITY — The Mactan-Cebu International Airport has complied with the directive of the Department of Transportation to install and a molecular laboratory.

The airport dedicated a 400-sqm. space to establish a coronavirus-19 PCR testing laboratory that can process 1,500 to 3,000 tests daily and the results will be available in 24-hours.

The laboratory is the fastest so far to release swab test results as it holds a BSL-2 certification from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

The project was realized by the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) together with the GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC).

In a statement, MCIAA General Manager and CEO Atty. Steve Dicdican said, “we immediately embarked on the ambitious project of putting up the fastest built and accredited molecular laboratory, with the capability to do mass testing and generate results in the quickest possible time”.

Dicdican added, ” It should be noted that the airport will not profit a single cent from the laboratory, because we envisioned this to be our contribution to the government’s effort to bring home our stranded kababayans with minimal cost, while the government is also jumpstarting our economy”. Newsline

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