By DOH CALABARZON, June 28, 2020

The Department of Health formally on June 23 opened a GeneXpert Laboratory in CALABARZON, the region’s first health facility to provide immediate testing and treatment services for COVID-19 cases.

Located at the Batangas Medical Center, the laboratory will be using a Cartridge-Based Technology (Xpert-Xpress SARS COV 2 Rapid PCR Assay) for the assessment and evaluation of specimens.

According to Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, the laboratory is equipped with a real-time Reverse Transcriptase Rapid Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) which will be provided by the Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas through a tripartite partnership that includes the DOH regional office and the Batangas Medical Center (BatMC).