RITM trains on using multiplex PCR assay for Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 detection

Eight (8) laboratory staff from the RITM Virology Department and Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL) trained on the use of Multiplex PCR assay for the detection of Influenza and SARS-CoV-2, under the supervision of experts from the California Department of Public Health on July 18, 2022 to July 22, 2022. The United States Centers for Disease continue reading : RITM trains on using multiplex PCR assay for Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 detection

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Nat’l Polio Lab gears for expansion and detection of more viral pathogens

The National Polio Laboratory (NPL) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) conducted its sixth Multistakeholders’ Meeting last June 23, 2022 via Zoom to cascade important updates on environmental surveillance (ES), specifically the establishment of an ES Concentration Laboratory in Mindanao and the ES transition plan for the detection of other viral pathogens aside continue reading : Nat’l Polio Lab gears for expansion and detection of more viral pathogens

RITM inoculates Batangas and Quezon locals for National Vaccination Days IV

In support of the conduct of the fourth batch of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Vaccination Days,” the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its COVID-19 Vaccination Team, administered 146 COVID-19 vaccine jabs in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Dolores, Quezon last March 10-12, 2022.  The RITM Vaccination Team was specifically deployed to the Padre Pio continue reading : RITM inoculates Batangas and Quezon locals for National Vaccination Days IV

Lab Network QAP: Ensuring quality COVID-19 tests for all Filipinos

RITM was the first, and for a time, the sole COVID-19 testing facility in the country. The Institute led the capacity building of various labs in the country to help expand the national testing capacity; and is now implementing the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for the COVID-19 PCR Laboratory Network.  “Ah, yung ospital ng mga continue reading : Lab Network QAP: Ensuring quality COVID-19 tests for all Filipinos

UNDERSTANDING SARS-COV-2 RT-PCR TEST RESULTS

Laboratory confirmation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is crucial in the pandemic response. To date, detection of unique viral sequences (genetic material) using nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) primarily through Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR), is considered by the World Health continue reading : UNDERSTANDING SARS-COV-2 RT-PCR TEST RESULTS

RITM launches COVID-19 Quality Assurance Program

MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) has formally launched the COVID-19 Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for the country’s COVID-19 Laboratory Network on 06 September. Assistant Secretary Nestor Santiago of the DOH Public Health Services Team welcomed a total of 440 laboratory managers and representatives from licensed public and private testing labs during continue reading : RITM launches COVID-19 Quality Assurance Program

RITM commences hospital renovations; decreases bed capacity

MUNTINLUPA CITY—The Department of Health Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) is set to reduce its 40-bed capacity to 17 starting Wednesday, August 25. The decrease in in-patient accommodations and activities come at the fore of the impending construction works at the Institute beginning September 8. “We have been working on this hospital and laboratory continue reading : RITM commences hospital renovations; decreases bed capacity

What is the Delta Variant?

The Delta variant is an emerging mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is now rapidly spreading across the globe. Here’s what we know about the COVID-19 Delta variant so far.