Fresnedi expects jump in COVID-19 tests as Muntinlupa’s molecular lab opens next week


Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the city government will be able to process 100 COVID-19 tests per hour when the molecular laboratory at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun) opens next week.

OsMun director Dr. Edwin Dimatatac said the laboratory will become operational after the delivery of medical equipment is completed by the end of October.

Once operational, the laboratory can release results of an RT-PCR test six hours after a person is swabbed.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has vowed to assist Muntinlupa for the accreditation of the laboratory. Secretary Vince Dizon, Deputy Chief Implementer against COVID-19, also committed to donate one RT-PCR machine to Muntinlupa’s Molecular Laboratory once the accreditation is approved by the Department of Health.

The additional equipment is set to double the laboratory’s capacity from 200 tests to 400 tests per day. Muntinlupa City aims to operate two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines at the laboratory which can process 500 to 900 samples a day.

A sharp drop of active cases was recorded in Muntinlupa from 768 cases in September 1 to 69 cases as of October 26. The city’s recovery rate has further improved to 95.25%, an all-time high since the start of the pandemic.

As of October 27, Muntinlupa City has 4,615 confirmed cases with 4,411 recoveries, 54 active cases, 150 reported deaths, 131 suspect cases, and 290 probable cases. ###