NGCP donates RT-PCR machines to gov’t hospitals

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has turned over 6 sets of real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines to boost the COVID-19 testing in state-run hospitals.

This formed part of its P1 billion relief efforts to help the government tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Lung Center of the Philippines received two sets each of the testing machines while while the V. Luna General Hospital and Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory also received one set each. Each machine costs around P2.4 million.

RT-PCR machines are considered the gold standard in detecting COVID-19.

“NGCP recognizes that the availability of vital medical equipment
plays a huge factor in the government’s COVID-19 response efforts
particularly in large government hospitals…NGCP’s
stakeholders and the public can be assured that the company will
continue to fulfill its commitment of supporting the country’s efforts
to combat this pandemic,” the grid operator said.

The company earlier donated 10,000 rapid test kits and 50 testing booths to the
local government of Quezon City, and another 500 test kits to Navotas

It also donated P5 million to Project Ugnayan which gave
supermarket vouchers to families in Metro Manila, initiated the Meals
on Wheels feeding program for indigent communities, and donated PPEs
to LGUs and medical frontliners.

NGCP, operator of the country’s power grid, is led by bilyonaryo Henry “Big Boy” Sy Jr. and Robert Coyiuto Jr.

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