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Thousands of Expired RT-PCR Test Kits Donated to Baguio City

Thousands of expired RT-PCR test kits were donated to the city government of Baguio.

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Thousands of expired RT-PCR test kits were donated by the DOH-RITM to the Baguio City government.
Thousands of expired RT-PCR test kits were donated by the DOH-RITM to the Baguio City government.

The Department of Health (DOH), National Inter-Agency Task Force, and other relevant agencies are now investigating Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong's complaint about the thousands of expired real-time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test kits that were donated by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) at a private diagnostic center in Baguio City.

According to Mayor Magalong, the said diagnostic center would have used the test kits when it was discovered that they had expired.

He said, there are test kits that expired on October 10 and 15 and in November. He added that other LGUs and private laboratories and hospitals have received the same quantity and expired test kits from RITM.

The mayor suspects that the expired test kits at DOH-RITM are not just hundreds of thousands. The Contact Tracing Czar immediately complained to the DOH and the National IATF for an investigation.

The good mayor hopes that the DOH will thoroughly investigate the said expired test kits of RITM.

For now, Mayor Magalong is just waiting for the result of the ongoing investigation.



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