COVID-19 testing to jump as PAHO donates 10,000 kits
The Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) pledge of 10,000 testing kits for COVID-19 is set to come on stream within the next few weeks.
Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh promised that this increase in supply means that surveillance and other types of testing will be ramped up from next week.
“We are going to be ramping up our surveillance testing significantly from next Monday. As the CMO did describe on Saturday, we got in 1,750 extraction kits which are dedicated only to Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
These kits will assist the 4,000 test kits Trinidad and Tobago received from China.
PAHO’s contribution will strengthen the existing stock for Trinidad and Tobago so that the Caribbean Public Health Agency will be able to focus its resources on other member states.
“We will be receiving a further 10,000 complete tests with extraction kits from PAHO within the next two weeks solely for use in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
Minister Deyalsingh says some of the tests will be used to verify machines and other equipment as they continue inviting private laboratories, but shared optimism that the new tests will help Trinidad and Tobago to have a better understanding of where the country is in the fight against COVID-19.