‘Stop COVID Deaths’ to tackle COVID testing, updates

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila-NIH National Telehealth Center and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against COVID-19.

During the early stages of the pandemic, all were fighting their way through the dark, as information was constantly changing, and protective gears were scarce. Testing, then, was crucial because it gave us an idea for a more targeted response. Fast-forward to today, when the country has gradually vaccinated most of the population, specific antigen test kits are now commercially available. We now ask: How has testing changed these past few months? How do we know which test to take and when to take it? What are the current updates on testing here in the Philippines?

This Friday, November 19, from 12 pm-2 pm, this special episode of the Stop COVID Deaths webinar series hopes to answer the questions above. Titled “COVID-19 Testing: May Nagbago Ba?”, the webinar will have as our main speaker, Dr. Raul V. Destura, who developed the very first Philippine COVID-19 test.

He will be followed by reactions from Dr. Christia Monina M. Nalupta, Director of the Blood Bank Services at the Philippine Red Cross, and Jessie Diatre, General Manager at the Lord’s Grace Medical Industrial Clinic Company. PGH Deputy Director for Health Operations. Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose will give the opening remarks.

Please register for the webinar here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The Stop COVID Deaths Webinar Series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management. Follow our accounts to stay connected with your credible online community.