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Cops, soldiers to help in swab testing: official

THE City Health Office will train some soldiers and members of the police on conducting swab testing for coronavirus so they can help in conducting the tests.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, head of the office, said after the training, the volunteers will administer tests on their peers who are identified as among those suspected to have been infected with the virus. To date, 33 personnel of the Davao City Police Office have started their training.

Villafuerte said that the training is in line with the statement of Mayor Sara Duterte for the police and the military to have their own quarantine facility, especially for those who have been exposed.

“After this, they will be the ones to conduct swab tests on their peers and they will send it to the Sta. Ana Health Center for an additional procedure to ensure that before it reaches the SPMC (Southern Philippine Medical Center) the samples had underwent the correct procedure,” she said.

Villafuerte said that the personnel of Sta. Ana health center will do initial verification of the samples before it will be transmitted to SPMC for testing. “After their one-day training they can start taking samples,” she said.

Each personnel who underwent training will receive a complete Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) set and three sample kits.

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