“We procured another automated RNA extraction machine so that mapadamo ta ang capacity sa pag-test up to 1,000 specimens per day,” said Dr. Stephanie Abello, chief pathologist of WVMC. The RNA extraction machine would be delivered this week. * individuals at high-risk of infection such as pregnant women, senior citizens with co-morbidities and persons with disability The 11 technical staff receive the specimen, assist the two medical technologists, and type the results, said Abello. From March 23 to May 8, WVMC analyzed 6,002 specimens. These came from 5,288 persons. c. RNA extraction At one point recently it tested 533, said Abello, but it proved too exhausting for the two medical technologists doing the tests and their 11 technical staff. The discrepancy in figures was due to the fact that some persons were extracted with specimens several times for repeat tests, Abello explained. * those with close contact to symptomatic COVID-19 individuals According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ramping up testing is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 as shown in China, South Korea and Singapore. ILOILO City – The Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) sub-national laboratory in Mandurriao district aims to hasten its testing of specimens for the possible presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), beginning this week. For his part, Dr. Glen Alonsabe, head of DOH Region 6’s Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, said the following are being prioritized for COVID-19 testing: Thus, said Abello, local government units, hospitals and the DOH receive the test results in 24 to 48 hours from the submission of the specimens. Without testing, cases cannot be isolated and the chain of infection will not be broken, said WHO secretary general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. d. testing using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine According to Abello, the WVMC laboratory tests an average of 200 to 300 specimens daily and this takes about 18 to 24 hours. As of May 8, WVMC was able to release 5,153 test results. That day, the total number of COVID-19 positive persons in the region stood at 92, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed. a. receiving the specimen (documentation involved) “Naga-delay lang kita sa pag-type sang results, especially kon 500 samples ang gina-run,” said Abello. * symptomatic individuals with history of travel to areas with COVID-19 cases There are four processes involved: Fully covered with personal protective equipment, these healthcare personnel of the Iloilo City government are tasked to extract specimens from clients for analysis at the Western Visayas Medical Center laboratory. The city government is ramping up mass testing for coronavirus disease. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * repatriates/PN WVMC’s laboratory can test as many as 500 specimens a day, said Abello. b. taking the specimen to the negative pressure room (for disinfection)
IN one of the most exciting games played for the year, Team-Guyana saw its hopes of a third game in the best-of-three series dashed as their second game finished 66-63,in favour of Suriname. The home side, facing a must win situation, overcame a 14-point Suriname lead but were unable to hold on until the end.For Guyanese fans, the game could not have had a better start,since Guyana jumped out to a 19-15 first quarter lead behind the scoring of Travis Belgrave, Stanton Rose and Nathan Saul. The team would ride the momentum into the second quarter to lead 29-24 at the half-time break. Offensively, the team was in rhythm, hitting shots and beating the defensive press that Suriname had instituted in the first game.At the start of the second half,however,Guyana struggled a bit on the offensive end, finding it hard to score. The turnover battle also started to slip away from Guyana,who gave the ball away 6 times in this quarter. Suriname had two back-to-back dunks off two turnovers by Yamill Wip and Donyell Samson, which gave them some momentum. The quarter finished 45-41 with Guyana down by 4.The fourth quarter seemed all but over as Guyana went almost 5 minutes without a basket while Suriname piled on the lead to 14. It was at this point that in almost movie-like fashion Troy “Rambo” David entered the game;coming on as a sub after a break in play.. David went on a 15-point blitz;hitting back-to-back threes, scoring a layup, hitting another step-back three,scoring another layup and a free throw. At that point the Guyanese supporters went wild and it truly seemed as if Guyana would win the game. Everything was going the team’s way, up to the 1:08 second mark when the team led by 4.David stated “I knew we were down and I did what I had to do”. However,it wasn’t enough as with 23.9 seconds left in the game, Emile LaRose of Suriname was fouled late in the shot clock and stepped to the line for two free throws. He hit both,giving Suriname the lead. Guyana would once again try to score but the stiff defence of Suriname kept them in the game as LaRose came up with a steal to extend the lead to three points.With 10 seconds left on the clock, Saul tried to draw a foul but there was no call and the game was over. It was a heartbreaking loss for the home side who,despite missing 19 free-throws and recording 21 turnovers,were less than a minute away from a win.For Guyana, Rose poured in 21 points, David had 15,while Belgrave and Saul finished with 12 and 10 respectively. For Suriname,Dancell Leter finished with 17,Yamill Wip finished with 13 while Bjoron Ewijk finishing with 10. Emile LaRose had 9 points with 5 of those being crucial.Following the loss,Guyana’s coach Junior Hercules stated “We had good moments, but we failed to have consistent moments. It’s disappointing but it’s basketball.”Suriname’s coach Earl Sabajo stated that “This team has a lot of character;the feeling of winning this type of game is indescribable.”The series finished 2-0 and the loss saw Suriname taking home gold in both male and female basketball.
A 3-17 to 0-18 win over Longford at Semple Stadium means that Liam Kearns’s side are most definitely in the promotion hunt with three matches to be played.Tipp made a flying start against the Leinster county with Conor Sweeney – who got 2-7 of his team’s total – goaling within minutes of the start.A second goal came three minutes later when Jimmy Feehan capitalised on slack defending by the visitors. By half-time the Premier had built up a 2-10 to 0-12 advantage.Although Longford had periods when they looked quite good they never quite to peg Tipperary back.Next up for the Blue and Gold is a trip to Offaly on Sunday.