QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte is calling on residents to avail themselves of free swab tests.
She reminded the residents about the city’s free COVID-19 swab test upon learning that several pregnant women gave birth in tricycles and other unsuitable environments due to the absence of swab tests, which is a required protocol of hospitals prior to admission.
“Ipinapaalala ko sa lahat ng QCitizens, lalo na ang mga may scheduled procedures sa mga ospital o sa mga malapit nang manganganak na may libreng swab test para sa ating mga residente,” she said.
“Ginagawa nating libre ang testing upang hindi na madagdagan pa ang gastusin ng ating mga kababayang nangangailangang maospital”, she added.
She, however, clarified that there is a process to be followed before anyone can enjoy the free swab testing provided by the city government through its community-based testing sites.
According to CESU head Dr. Rolando Cruz, residents who want to undergo free COVID-19 testing can now book an appointment online through http://bit.ly/QCfreetest.
“Swab testing is strictly by appointment and no walk-ins are allowed to avoid overcrowding. This is also due to the limited supply of daily test kits allocated for this purpose,” he said.
In addition to pregnant women and residents who plan to undergo medical operations and procedures such as dialysis, prioritized for swab testing are close contacts of COVID-positive patients and persons experiencing symptoms.
“For pregnant women, we remind them to be conscious of their delivery date when booking a schedule for swab testing to avoid any unforeseen circumstances. This is free, so we encourage them to avail of the service,” he added.
A test result is valid for 14 days just in case the due date of a birthing mother has lapsed, he said.
The CESU also has the Kyusi-industriya I.W.A.S. (industry-wide active surveillance) program where free swab testing is offered to Quezon City-based workers of both private and government offices.