Tuesday, November 30, 2021

GTLMH – RT-PCR Testing Laboratory Launched in Iligan City

(Thursday, 4th of November 2021)


Iligan City – The Committee on Health, City Councilor Macky Macapagal spearheaded the inauguration of the Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital’s (GTLMH) Covid 19 Testing Laboratory (Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test) at the GTLMH Molecular Laboratory on November 3. This is a collaborative effort with GTLMH, CEO, CPDO, CHO, CGSO, members of the Covid Lab Taskforce, with the approval from Iligan City’s 17th council together with Mayor Celso Gomera Regencia and Vice-Mayor Jemar “Monsi” Vera Cruz.

Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT–PCR) is an approach for identifying the presence of particular genetic material in any disease, including viruses. Originally, radioactive isotope markers were employed to identify specific genetic elements, but later refinement has resulted in the employment of unique markers, most often fluorescent dyes, to replace isotopic labeling. A sample is taken from the bodily parts where the COVID-19 virus congregates, such as the nose or throat. Several chemical solutions are used to eliminate components such as proteins and lipids from the sample, leaving just the RNA to be extracted. This RNA is a combination of the person’s genetic material and, if present, the virus’s RNA. One of the most extensively used laboratory techniques for identifying the COVID-19 virus is real-time RT–PCR.

Basically, the goal of this project is to make the test more accessible, to bring down costs to the people of Iligan City, as well as to collect data on transmission intensity, surge capacity, and a case study on how to counter future bacterial and viral attacks on the human body. It also intends to continue providing immediate-term guidance to both laboratories and stakeholders involved in COVID-19 virus laboratory testing of patients.


– Kristoff S. / Web – CIO


Photo credits: Monsi Vera Cruz Facebook page