Davao City offers free Covid-19 test for symptomatic Dabawenyos


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has urged the Dabawenyos experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to avail of the free and voluntary reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

The local chief executive said those who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms such as cough, cold, fever, sore throat, and diarrhea may have themselves tested at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the Tomas Claudio Health Center and Davao One World Diagnostic Center.

They also have an option to request the City Health Office medical personnel to conduct swab testing at their homes, in case they are hesitant for fear of being exposed to the virus by going to the laboratories.

“We have received reports that some people are hesitant to go to SPMC, the health center for whatever reason – we do not know. So we will be the one to adjust for these situations,” she said.

The mayor said that this is a step towards strengthening the city’s case-finding efforts to locate more positive Covid-19 cases and to contain the coronavirus transmission.