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Red Cross tests accurate — RITM

The RITM said that based on the second test performed by the national reference laboratory, test results produced by PRC-Subic were likewise found to be valid and reliable

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The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Tuesday declared as without basis allegations that the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapter in Subic has turned in inaccurate Covid-19 test results.

Capping its investigation on the alleged “false-positive results” of Covid-19 tests conducted by the PRC-Subic chapter, the RITM said that the PRC Covid-19 test results were found “valid and reliable.”

“We found no evidence of contamination for the 48 cases tested by PRC-Subic that may have led to the generation of false-positive results. The results released by PRC-Subic for the concerned cases were found to be valid and reliable,” the RITM said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed that the Department of Health (DoH) Lab Network issued the results of the RITM investigation on PRC’s Covid-19 tests.

The RITM said that based on the second test performed by the national reference laboratory, test results produced by PRC-Subic were “likewise found to be valid and reliable.”

“Other variables contributing to variations between the final PCR results released by the two laboratories may have contributed to the variation of the test result, specifically the timing of specimen collection,” it said.

The RITM said it’s possible for the viral loads to differ if they are taken at varying times, “especially if the timing of collection coincides with the natural clearance of the virus by the host immune response.”

Assistant Health Secretary Nestor Santiago informed the PRC of RITM’s findings.

Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the DoH to look into the alleged inaccurate Covid-19 test results produced by PRC.

For its part, the PRC welcomed the results of the investigation conducted by the RITM. “The PRC is grateful to the RITM for its unbiased investigation into the matter,” it said.

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