Senator Grace Poe in a statement expressed her gratitude to the scientists of the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) who developed the low-cost testing kit that detects the new coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19.
The testing kit was developed by a team of UP scientists led by Dr. Raul Destura. According to UP President Danilo Concepcion, around 6,000 testing kits are now in stock, while 20,000 more are being produced.
The senator likewise thanked health workers who have been at the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 in the country. She appealed to the government’s inter-agency task force to allocate more funds for their personal protective equipment.