OCD distributes antigen kits to Manila, Mandaluyong health offices

Photo courtesy of Office of Civil Defense

PASIG CITY, April 23 (PIA) -- The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) continues to ramps up COVID-19 testing by delivering antigen test kits to hospitals and local government units in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. 

On Wednesday, OCD has delivered over 21,000 antigen test kits to Manila and Mandaluyong City Health Offices, as well as 33,600 antigen kits to health offices in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.

OCD has already dispatched a total of 172,100 antigen kits to local government units in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces.

Resolution No. 108 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has authorized the agency to utilize its quick response fund to procure the said test kits.

The Office of the Civil Defense is hereby authorized to procure using their Quick Response Fund under the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management or such other available funds, an initial Five Hundred Thousand (500,000) pieces of any of the following Rapid Antigen Test Kits authorized by the Food and Drug Administration,” the resolution read adding that the purchase of kits seeks to ensure the swift detection of cases and tracing of close contacts.

Meanwhile, OCD continues to carry its other functions in COVID-19 response operations which include logistical support to COVID-19 facilities nationwide and management of donations. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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