Sep 29, 2020

Public health lab accomplishes 3,779 drug testing in 2018

The Environmental Sanitation and Public Health Laboratory (ESPHL) of the provincial government said it is able to provide drug testing services to 3,779 Palaweños in 2018 as it continues to invite them to avail of their quality diagnostics services.

Cyrus Cecilio Caabay, medical technologist II and unit head of ESPHL, said the drug testing services figure is higher last year compared to 2017’s 2,600.

Under the Provincial Health Office (PHO), he said the ESPHL is the only accredited tertiary level laboratory that was accredited and licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) to do various tests, such as hematology, chemistry, serology, clinical microscopy, and microbiology, including water analysis and drug testing.

He said it is also in charge of laboratories in rural health units (RHUs) and district hospitals that are under the management and control of the provincial government.

Caabay is encouraging Palaweños to avail of their services in taking care of their health.

He said the public health laboratory is “important to community health” since it provides a range of disease control, preventive health care, environmental monitoring, and applied research services to help protect residents.


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