ILOILO CITY, June 2 (PIA6) --- The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) has discouraged the online selling of rapid antibody test kits for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In a virtual presser, Dr. Jessie Glen Alonsable, DOH WV CHD regional epidemiologist, said that hospitals and health facilities should ensure that the rapid test kits they are using have been approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA).
"We should ensure that it is FDA-approved and it should meet the requirements of the FDA," he said.
Alonsable said that the rapid test kits should be sourced only from legitimate sources or suppliers.
"It should also be performed in a clinic or a medical facility regardless if it is a rapid test kit or an RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test," he added.
Meanwhile, the Philippine FDA only approves test kits that are registered by reliable National Regulatory Agencies (NRA) and FDA counterparts, pre-qualified by the World Health Organization, or validated locally. (JSC/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)