Hundreds of used rapid test kits were merely dumped on the side of a highway in Abuyog, Leyte.
According to John Consulta’s report on “24 Oras” on Friday, the local government said the test kits came from a private clinic in another district.
“Nalaman na lang namin na galing pala ito sa isang private clinic. Tinapon daw ng driver so hindi pa kami sure. The investigation is still ongoing,” Abuyog, Leyte Mayor Lemuel Gintraya said.
“According sa investigation namin, it’s from a different municipality actually so it’s from a different district. Malayo talaga like mga 100 kilometers, more than 100 kilometers away,” he added.
Gintraya said the Environment Management Bureau and the Department of Health are already investigating the matter.
Meanwhile, the test kits were gathered and disposed of properly following health standards, he added.
“Per advise ng EMB, lagyan daw ng concentrated chlorine, i-sanitize siya then ilagay sa plastic drum, ‘yong blue na malaki na drum, tapos i-seal siya, huwag na siyang buksan kasi ‘yon nga delikado kasi,” Gintraya said.
So far, Abuyog has recorded a total of 24 cases of COVID-19 with nine recoveries. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/DVM, GMA News