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Marikina City vowed to procure 3,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits following five confirmed cases of the dreaded disease in the city.

The city government will purchase the testing kits developed by the scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP) National Institutes of Health (NIH), which was approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“As part of our aggressive measures against COVID-19, I have ordered for the procurement of 3,000 testing kits for the disease after talks with Director Eric Domingo of FDA (Food and Drug Administration),” Marikina Mayor Marcelino Taeodoro said .

He explained the importance of quickly testing people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 so that contract tracing will be immediately conducted as well as the disinfection in the premises to contain and prevent the virus from spreading.

“It is very important to test those exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Ito ay para maging effective and timely ang contact tracing natin para ma-contain at hindi na mag-spread, at para na rin ma-disinfect din natin ang mga lugar na pinuntahan nila,” said Teodoro said.

Meanwhile, the local government of Marikina continuously urged residents to remain calm, observe proper hygiene, follow coughing etiquette and to refrain from going to crowded places and attending public gatherings to prevent the spread of the disease.

“I assure the public that the local government unit of Marikina is ready to fight against COVID-19. After the first case of the disease was recorded in the city, I have ordered for massive disinfection of public spaces in the city to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city. Our disinfection activities are being conducted regularly. We have ensured that (thermal) scanners and hand sanitizers are in place at all times in entrances of establishments,” Teodoro said.

The mayor has also activated the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams of the 17 barangays in Marikina to monitor the situation and implement preventive measures against COVID-19.

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