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Zubiri, private group donate 13,000 COVID-19 test kits

Hananeel Bordey

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Private group Art Rockers and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri donated 13,000 COVID-19 polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test kits to public and private hospitals on Wednesday.

Zubiri and Art Rockers, led by Dr. Steven Lim and Dr. Enrique Posas, handed over the donations to Philippine General Hospital through the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health.

Zubiri, a recovered COVID-19 patient, said their donation will increase the testing capacity of the health sector. He also reiterated his call for mass testing, noting that anyone can acquire the virus.

“From first-hand experience, I know how easily and deceptively this virus can spread,” Zubiri, the first Filipino government official who acquired the virus, said. “Traydor itong virus na ‘to. Kahit mag-ingat po tayo, at mag-practice tayo ng social distancing out in public, napakadali pa rin pong mahawaan, at makahawa, nito.”

“Kaya kailangan na po talaga natin ng massive testing. That has been our rallying cry since we first learned that there was a case of local transmission in San Juan. We cannot battle this virus if we cannot even confirm how many of our people already have it, and which places have the most cases and therefore need tighter containment efforts.”

The test kit donations of Sen. Miguel Zubiri and the Art Rockers group were distributed to hospitals.

Art Rockers raised P9.7 million to buy 7,100 test kits while two private donors, who opted to remain anonymous, provided 6,000 test kits.

The private group is composed of Sen. Sonny Angara, Julius Babao, Ces Drilon, Mayor Richard Gomez, Aga Muhlach, Edu Manzano and other businessmen and doctors.

Aside from PGH, they donated test kits to St. Luke’s Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Medical City, University of Santo Tomas Hospital and Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

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