covid-19
UNDERSTANDING SARS-COV-2 RT-PCR TEST RESULTS
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)...

RITM launches COVID-19 Quality Assurance Program
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...

RITM commences hospital renovations; decreases bed capacity
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...

What is the Delta Variant?
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...

RITM launches COVID-19 Immunization Program
RITM launches COVID-19 Immunization Program
MUNTINLUPA CITY–The Department of Health Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) conducted the ceremonial rollout of the first 10 doses of the ChAdOx1 nCov-19 vaccine today. Director Celia Carlos was the first person in RITM to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine....

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 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...

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...

Establishing COVID-19 Testing Labs
Establishing COVID-19 Testing Labs
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RITM strengthens subnational labs, COVID-19 response
RITM strengthens subnational labs, COVID-19 response
MUNTINLUPA CITY — As the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) strengthens its outbreak response, representatives from subnational laboratories (SNLs) are being trained on the screening of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes...