Bingo Matugas donates 1K COVID-19 antigen test kits to Surigao del Norte


The Surigao del Norte provincial government received at least 1,125 antigen test kits from a lawmaker to help the province in its effort to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Surigao del Norte provincial information officer Roberto Parada said the test kits donated by 1st District Rep. Francisco Jose “Bingo” Matugas were received Thursday by Assistant Provincial Administrator Sim Castrence and Dr. Nikko Miras, who is in charge of the contact tracing activities at the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

“These test kits will benefit our front-liners who are working to contain the spread of the Covid-19 in the province,” Parada told the Philippine News Agency Friday.

Parada said the test kits will also benefit locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) in the province.

He said the antigen test kits are known as “Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Test,” which is proven to be more accurate than the Rapid Antibody Test (RAT).

The Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13) confirmed last week the local transmission of Covid-19 in Surigao City and called for stringent measures and contact tracing efforts to stop the further spread of the virus in the area.

Parada said a total of 267 contact tracers have already been hired to serve in Surigao del Norte and Surigao City.

The contact tracers, he added, have already gone through orientation activities starting Sept. 30 and will soon be ready to start contact tracing activities.

Meanwhile, Gov. Matugas ordered on Friday the temporary closure of the provincial capitol compound from the public from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9 for disinfection and contact tracing activities.

All employees of the provincial government will adopt a “work at home scheme” during the week-long lockdown while government line agencies whose offices are situated inside the compound are also encouraged to undertake the same work measure, according to the directive.

Data from DOH-13 said that Surigao del Norte, as of Oct. 1, has a total of 88 Covid-19 cases with 84 recoveries, and four active cases.

Its capital Surigao City, meanwhile, has 25 total cases, 16 recoveries, eight active cases, and one recorded death. (PNA)