GenTri opens COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory 

(L-R) Gen. Trias City Mayor Antonio Ferrer (7th) and Deputy Chief Implementer and 'Testing Czar' Secretary Vince Dizon (5th) led the formal opening of the GenTri COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory in Barangay Manggahan Dec. 12, 2020. (Photo & caption: GenTri PIO)

GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite Dec. 18 (PIA) --The city government here recently inaugurated the city's first COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory located in Barangay Manggahan.

Mayor Antonio 'Ony' Ferrer along with Deputy Chief Implementer and 'Testing Czar' Secretary Vince Dizon led the inauguration and opening of the facility. GenTri Medical Center and Hospital President & CEO Dr. Jerrimo Genuino, MD., Vice-Mayor Morit Sison, and members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod were present to witness the significant event.

Managed by the General Trias Medical Center and Hospital (GTMCH), the city's COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory is part of the LGU's counter measures against COVID-19 to mitigate the threat on the health and safety of Gentriseños and contain further spread of the disease.

The facility is equipped with the best technology in terms of equipment, the BD Max Machine and BIO-RAD CFX 96 RT-PCR, which are expected to contribute much to the continuous facilitation of the Aggressive Community Testing in the city for a faster and efficient release of test results.

Since the ground breaking of the facility on September 14, 2020, the preparation of documents for the accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH) was fast tracked. 

With the GTMCH medical team confident that the Molecular Laboratory was 100% ready and compliant with the standards set by the DOH and the RITM, the first visit and inspection was done November 6. 

Further improvements had to be made for its final approval and accreditation paving the way to the formal launching and inauguration on December 12, 2020.

Meanwhile, according to the latest COVID-19 update reported by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), there were 6 recovered patients and 1 new confirmed case recorded as of December 17, 2020.

Total Confirmed cases were 2,198 out of which 22 are Active cases while the total number of Recoveries from the additional recovered patients are now at 2,137 and 39 fatalities from the disease brought by the COVID-19.

While these figures manifest a significant decline in the rate of infection and a high percentage of recoveries from the disease, the officers of the city government thru the city health office continuously remind the public to remain safe thru the observance of the minimum health standards set by the Inter-Agency Task Force. (Ruel Francisco/General Trias PIO/Stetoscoop-GenTri Med Center Newsletter) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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