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RITM warns public against COVID-19 testing fraud
RITM warns public against COVID-19 testing fraud
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) warns the public against unscrupulous individuals posing as RITM employees offering swabbing services and issuing falsified SARS-CoV-2 confirmatory test results. The Institute was alerted of this illegal activity after receiving...

RITM clarifies circulating news about antigen test kit
RITM clarifies circulating news about antigen test kit
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) clarified news reports from major media outlets stating that the Institute has recently announced antigen test kit evaluation results. “Recent news stories are making the rounds claiming that RITM...

RITM warns public of fraudulent solicitation
RITM warns public of fraudulent solicitation
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) warns the public to stay vigilant of suspicious phone calls, text messages, and social media posts soliciting donations and financial assistance for the activities and medical frontliners of the...

RITM announces temporary lab shutdown on Nov 1 & 2
RITM announces temporary lab shutdown on Nov 1 & 2
MUNTINLUPA CITY—As a precaution for the imminent landfall of Typhoon Rolly, the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) will temporarily shut down its laboratory operations on November 1 and 2. This is to provide room for the implementation...

RITM labs surpass quarter-million COVID-19 tests
RITM labs surpass quarter-million COVID-19 tests
MUNTINLUPA CITY – The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) testing laboratories hit quarter of a million COVID-19 tests with 251,583 samples processed since 20th of January. “This milestone is largely possible through the dedication and commitment of...

RITM releases first 17 sets of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences from PH cases through Third Generation Sequencing Technology
RITM releases first 17 sets of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences from PH cases through Third Generation Sequencing Technology
The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM), in collaboration with experts from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, has released a total of 17 viral genome sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 from the Philippines, using Third Generation Sequencing technology....

ADVISORY: EXTENSION OF SCALE DOWN OF LABORATORY OPERATIONS
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RITM addresses equipment, supply issues, employee health
RITM addresses equipment, supply issues, employee health
MUNTINLUPA CITY–Following equipment bogs, shortage of hard to procure supplies, and an overflow of samples received over the past weeks, the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM), announced a temporary downscaling to address multiple factors that have constrained...

RITM clarifies SOP on receiving samples
RITM clarifies SOP on receiving samples
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) dispelled rumors surrounding the alleged non-acceptance of specimens collected from individuals unregistered with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). The national reference laboratory asserted that all its COVID-19 testing activities,...

Genomic surveillance of antibiotic resistance in the Philippines established
Genomic surveillance of antibiotic resistance in the Philippines established
Antibiotic resistance surveillance in the Philippines has moved into the genomic era, enabling better tracking of dangerous bacteria. Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS  housed at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and The Big Data Institute (BDI), University...