FDA approves Covid-19 test kits developed by Philippine university

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): Test kits for Covid-19 which were developed by local scientists at the University of the Philippines have been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA, in a statement on Tuesday (March 10), said it has issued a certificate of exemption for the test kits developed by the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health which was funded by the Department of Science and Technology.

“This supports the Code Red status raised by the Department of Health (DOH) and the recent declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte of a state of Public Health Emergency, ” the FDA said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a public health emergency over the threat of Covid-19 on Monday.

The DOH had earlier raised Code Red Sublevel 1 after it confirmed the country’s first local transmission of the virus.

FDA Director General Rolando Enrique Domingo said the test kits will help monitor the growing number of patients suspected of having contracted Covid-19.

“The increasing number of cases will require immediate diagnosis and monitoring. This will provide our laboratories with technological reinforcement to accommodate the growing number of patients to be tested and aid in early screening of positive cases.

"Furthermore, this will provide greater access to a less costly diagnostic procedure, ” Domingo said, as quoted in the statement.

As of Monday, there were already 24 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country. - Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network

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