Iloilo City Clinical Lab to Offer Free Services. The current Uswag Iloilo City Molecular Laboratory in Brgy. San Pedro, Molo will be converted into a clinical laboratory with the soon-to-be completion of the main facility in the area.
“As much as possible, we would like to make the lab works available for free for city residents. It is our aim to give the Ilonggos excellent and sustainable healthcare services even beyond the pandemic,” Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said.
Some of the initial services will include diagnostic laboratory tests on urine, blood, cholesterol, and even ultrasound package. The Uswag Iloilo Clinical Laboratory is targeted to operate by May this year. Acting City Health Officer Dr. Annabelle Tang said they are planning to affiliate with universities offering medical technology courses so that the clinical laboratory can serve as a training ground for their students.
Meanwhile, the main COVID-19 molecular laboratory is more than 80 percent completed with its six dormitory rooms for the staff. The city has started its own RT-PCR testing in November 2020 duly accredited by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the Department of Health. As of March 12, 2022, there were 162,423 swab samples collected, with 126,296 samples tested. (via Iloilo City PIO) Read: Soon to Rise: Iloilo City Legislative Building