The Davao City government has resumed the free Reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) swab test for the second-generation (F2) and third-generation (F3) contacts of a Covid-19 positive.

The RT-PCR test for the F2 and F3 close contacts of the Covid-19 was suspended in August after the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) machine extraction machine to run swab specimens bogged down and limited testing kits. 

Davao City Covid-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser during the Bida Bakunado program over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Friday said that the Magsaysay Swabtesting Center has started second generation (F2) and third-generation (F3) close contacts for RT-PCR swabbing on October 5, 2021.

“Gibalik ang swabbing sa Magsaysay for F2 and F3, this week Tuesday. So ang maximum capacity daily sa Magsaysay is 150-250 per day (We have resumed the swabbing in Magsaysay for F2 and F3, starting this Tuesday this week. So the maximum daily capacity is 150-250 persons per day),” Schlosser said.

She added that while the city is still waiting for the SPMC laboratory repair, the city government is maximizing its  Los Amigos Molecular Laboratory and Davao International Airport molecular laboratory to conduct and process more tests.

Schlosser, however, pointed out that even there was a temporary suspension of swab testing for the second, third generation contacts, the contact tracing for the said individuals did not stop.

“We continued to inform them to conduct self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms,” Schlosser said, adding that those who exhibit symptoms or Influenza-Like-Illnesses are immediately recommended for swabbing.’ CIO