Global Medical Technologies Manila partners with industry leaders in response to IATF, ULAP, and DOH call for collaboration towards leading a COVID-19-resilient country
Enabling and taking part in putting up more laboratory facilities through collaborative efforts as the private health sector ramps up medical testing capacities for the coronavirus disease
“IATF called on the help of the private sector to prevent the spread of the transmission and we’re glad that ULAP, DOH, and Unilab responded positively and quickly. Philippines' private sector is not lacking in its efforts to alleviate the impact of the pandemic. There are more solutions underway but this turn-key solution of Pop-up Container BSL-2 Laboratory is one of the first successful implementations” says Sec. Vince Dizon, Deputy Chief Implementer of the National Action Plan Against COVID-19. GMT Manila and construction design firm ENDEC, Inc., are the team behind the design, production, and operational roll-out of these COVID-19 testing laboratories. In the past, they have deployed BSL2 laboratories across the country to support the National Bio-threat Reduction Program of the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry. Their laboratories have been used in the testing of Avian Flu, African Swine Flu, and other biological threats that entered the country. “The strength of our turnkey program is that it is rapidly deployable and highly scalable. We are able to produce a Pop-up Container BSL-2 Laboratory in 3 weeks and install it in as little as 12 hours. It comes with full equipment, specialized PCR machines, and the test kits, and we will even train the personnel who will operate it. So it’s really a plug and play solution to support areas that have no equipment nor previous experience in this field“, as explained by Mitch Genato, CEO of Romlas Health Group, holdings company of GMT Manila.
The first laboratory was donated to the Department of National Defense (DND) and deployed to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in response to the growing numbers of frontliners, government workers, and military personnel that need immediate testing. The other labs are currently being installed at Bacolod’s The Doctor’s Hospital, Ciudad Zamboanga Medical Center, Cebu Doctor’s Hospital, Southern Philippines Medical Center-Davao, and Maria Regina Xavier University Hospital in Cagayan de Oro.
“The goal is to get these laboratories up and running as a practical solution to avoid further delays on COVID-19 testing. Unilab wants to help lower the rate of cases and intends to supplement laboratory testing in support to IATF’s call for help, making testing available to communities and LGUs that cannot readily access laboratory testing thus bolstering a reliable, fast action plan to quickly address emerging outbreaks,” concluded by William Johnson, CEO of ENDEC, Inc.