November 17, 2021

The PH Red Cross has completed 1 million saliva RT-PCR tests.

Since its start on Jan. 25, 2021, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has completed one million saliva RT-PCR testing.

The PRC saliva RT-PCR test is the country’s first and only.

The saliva RT-PCR test was found to be a credible alternative to the Swab RT-PCR test in a study conducted by the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Campus (UIUC) and the University of the Philippines.

Senator Richard Gordon, PRC chairperson, and CEO, proposed the saliva RT-PCR test as a faster, less expensive, and non-invasive alternative to the swab RT-PCR test.

Through its local chapters and partnerships with malls such as SM, Robinsons, Araneta City, and Ayala Malls, the PRC also innovates to make the saliva RT-PCR test accessible to the general public, resulting in 124 collection sites nationwide.

The PRC has teamed up with Angkas to turn the motorcycle ride-hailing app into a mobile saliva specimen collector, making RT-PCR tests more comfortable for clients who want to be tested at home.

“The importance of testing cannot be overstated. Ay patuloy na magtetest ang Philippine Red Cross sa ating mga kababayan sa pag abot natin nang one million saliva tests completed. Malapit na magbukas ang mga paaralan, so ang pagtetest at pagbabakuna upang labanan ang Covid-19 dapat mas ipagtibay natin. (Once one million saliva samples have been completed, the Philippine Red Cross will continue to test our citizens.) We should increase up our testing and vaccination to fight the Covid-19) as the start of courses approaches,” Gordon stated in a news release on Saturday.

With 4.8 million persons tested, the PRC is the leading organization. PRC will shortly approach the five million milestones in the coming weeks, thanks to drive-thru collection sites across the country, home service saliva collection sites, and the launch of the Philippines’ 14th PRC molecular laboratory. PRC is poised to be a huge aid in the fight against Covid-19.

“The 98.23% accuracy of the saliva RT-PCR test is still a game-changer for our country.” The lower testing cost (PHP 1,500) allows more people to get tested, including students, employees, factory workers, healthcare workers, and other critical workers. Rest confident that the PRC will continue to do all possible to find new ways to test Filipinos and keep them safe,” Gordon stated.

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