BAGUIO CITY — Residents of Tabuk City and the whole province of Kalinga welcomed the opening of an accredited RT-PCR molecular laboratory in the capital city as it is seen to boost the testing capacity of the province.
The Tabuk City testing laboratory is located at Barangay Agbannawag and Tabuk City Health Officer Henrietta Bagayao expressed her gratitude to the city government especially its medical technologists and all those who were instrumental in the realization of the accreditation.
It has already been accredited by the Health Facilities and Services Reculatory Bureau of the Department of Health and the validity of its license to operate is from 15 June to 31 December 2021.
Operations of the facility will start on 23 June 2021.
Meantime, the Kalinga Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported that the two-week growth rate of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is slowly increasing from 1 to 16 June, noting that it may be a portent to a surge, despite the continuing decline in the province’s average daily attack rate.
Data also showed that there are already a total of 4,753 Covid-19 cases recorded since June 2020 until 15 June 2021, while the number of recoveries totaled to 4,554 who recovered and the death toll stands at 70 fatalities.
Kalinga’s PHO also disclosed that 129 are regarded as active cases, placing the province in the low epidemic risk level.
The Kalinga Provincial Police Office, on the other hand, also stated that it will continue issuing entry and exit slips to those who are entering or going outside the province with the help of the municipal government of Rizal at the provincial control point located at the Kalinga-Cagayan boundary.