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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...

RITM explains choice for nucleic acid extraction machines
RITM explains choice for nucleic acid extraction machines
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) asserted that their choice for nucleic acid extraction machines ensures congruity between COVID-19 testing implements and processes. The statement came on the heels of a Senate inquiry during the recently-held...

38 RITM staff recover from COVID-19
38 RITM staff recover from COVID-19
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases among the workforce of the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) have reached a total of 45 last week. As of 27 April, however, 84.44%, or 38 individuals, have fully...

RITM temporarily scales down lab ops, prioritizes employee welfare
RITM temporarily scales down lab ops, prioritizes employee welfare
MUNTINLUPA CITY—As forty-three (43) of its workforce already confirmed positive for COVID-19, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has scaled down its laboratory operations to give way to a thorough personnel testing and decontamination of its facilities. “Only RITM laboratories are...

COVID-19 testing labs grow in number
COVID-19 testing labs grow in number
MUNTINLUPA CITY—In light of the coronavirus pandemic, more hospitals and private laboratories have shown interest in setting up their own COVID-19 testing centers. To date, more than 90 laboratories have expressed their intention to obtain certification, but only a total of...

Labs to undergo assessment before COVID-19 testing
Labs to undergo assessment before COVID-19 testing
MUNTINLUPA CITY – Due to the pressing need to expand the country’s testing capabilities to diagnose suspected COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine urges interested laboratories and hospitals to adhere to the multistage process for COVID-19...

Assessment of testing labs crucial for COVID-19 results accuracy
Assessment of testing labs crucial for COVID-19 results accuracy
MUNTINLUPA CITY—Given the complexity of conducting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing of suspected COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH–RITM) reiterates that molecular diagnostics laboratories to be established by local government units (LGUs) and other interested parties must first undergo proper evaluation and...

We receive and test all samples that fit the criteria—RITM
We receive and test all samples that fit the criteria—RITM
MUNTINLUPA CITY—A string of malicious text messages being circulated among infectious diseases (ID) specialists prompted the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH–RITM) Director Celia Carlos to clarify that RITM accepts the testing of all viable samples from COVID-19 patients and suspected cases. “I do not screen who...

RITM publicly apologizes to Rep. Erick Go Yap
RITM publicly apologizes to Rep. Erick Go Yap
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RITM reiterates biosafety protocols for LGU, private COVID-19 testing centers
RITM reiterates biosafety protocols for LGU, private COVID-19 testing centers
MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH–RITM) calls on the local government units (LGUs) and other private laboratories expressing their intention to establish COVID-19 testing centers to exercise the utmost diligence in complying with all laboratory standards for molecular diagnostics...