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NegOcc molecular lab staff will receive training on testing for monkeypox.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), in collaboration with the province administration of Negros, has provided training on monkeypox detection to its molecular laboratory staff.

According to Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II on Thursday, the medical technologists working at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory in Silay City would receive training.

“We’ve already gotten in touch with the RITM. They would be sent for instruction as soon as the earliest time slots become available, he continued.

Based on the advice of the Provincial Infectious Disease Action and Control Council, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson gave his approval for the deployment of people for training.

The provincial government is still awaiting the Department of Health’s guidance on testing procedures for monkeypox.

“So that our laboratory and staff are prepared once the procedures are released. We simply need to be prepared, Diaz added.

The province only needs to train its staff on how to handle the samples received from potential monkeypox patients, according to Diaz, now that RT-PCR equipment is in place.

According to the RITM, the assay for the detection of the monkeypox virus is run on the RT-PCR machines, much like the coronavirus disease 2019 test.

A 31-year-old Filipino who traveled from abroad on July 19 has been identified as the country’s sole case of monkeypox thus far, according to the DOH.

The World Health Organization states that the monkeypox virus spreads through lesions, bodily fluids, and respiratory droplets.

Health authorities stress the significance of hand washing and avoiding contact with suspected cases due to the primary transmission occurring through skin-to-skin and intimate contact.

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