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Araneta City donates Covid-19 test  kits to Quezon City hospital


THE J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF), the social development arm of Araneta City,  recently donated Covid-19 RT-PCR test kits to the Quezon City government.

Present during the test kits turnover at the Philippine Genome Center were JAAF Executive Director Diane Romero, Dr. Mary Rochelle Paulino of the Quezon City Health Department, and Marissa Ocampo RN of The Manila HealthTek Inc.

The kits,  which are expected to test 500 samples at the Quezon City General Hospital, were  developed by scientists from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH), with the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

The donation is in fulfillment of Araneta City’s pledge last March 10 to assist the local  government in the  mitigation and containment of the pandemic. In the pledge, Araneta City Senior Vice President for Operations Antonio T. Mardo said: “We value the health and safety of the entire community. In these health challenging times, being responsive, aside from being prepared, is highly important. We are talking about saving lives here, and donation of test kits is the least Araneta City can do to help. This is our way of showing our cooperation to the government in this time of crisis.”

Through this donation, JAAF and Araneta City said they intend to show their commitment in fighting Covid-19, and in fostering a spirit of public-private cooperation for the immediate resolution of this health crisis.

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