Driven by DOST’s drive to help DOH combat COVID-19 pandemic, the science agency in the region has deployed contactless Speciment Collection Booths (SCBs) in Metro Cebu last week. A total of six (6) SCBs were delivered and installed ready for use in four (4) medical centers under the management of  DOH 7 to help in the collection of samples in the mass testing efforts of the government.

The identified recipients were: Eversley Child Sanitarium and Memorial Hospital, Talisay City District Hospital, St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, and DOH 7 Center for Health Development which received one (1) SCB units each; and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center with two (2) SCB units.

The SCBs were jointly funded by DOST – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the DOST – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and was fabricated by DOST-PCIEERD’s Startup Grant awardee Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise, Inc. (FAME).

Inspired by the phone booth-style coronavirus testing facilities in other Asian countries, the testing booth concept aims to improve the testing capacity of testing centers and hospitals without direct contact between the patient and the health worker. FAME’s SCBs are compact with good ventilation, easy to mobilize, can remotely monitor the patient’s temperature, and provides a good protective barrier between the frontliner and the suspected COVID-19 patient.

The deployment of these booths was aimed to provide an additional layer of protection for our health workers as DOST is committed to elevate the Filipino’s quality of life through science and technology in meeting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. (By: PSTC CEBU)

Installation of the Swab/Sample Collection Booth (SCB) at Eversley Child Sanitarium and Memorial Hospital, Jagobiao, Mandaue City with Engr. Juan Edgar Osorio of DOST Cebu (right), Engr. Joel Namoca of Eversley Child Sanitarium and Memorial Hospiral (middle), and Dr. Josephus Ceasar S. Clauor of Eversley Child Sanitarium and Memorial Hospital (left).
Installation of the Swab/Sample Collection Booth (SCB) at St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, Basak, Cebu City with DOST Cebu’s Asst. Provincial Director Engr. Juan Edgar Osorio (far left) and OIC Provincial Director Mr. Bryan Ybanez (2nd from left), and St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital’s Dr. Juanito Tiu (3rd from left), Dr. Mylene A. Chin (3rd from right), Dr. Jonah Lydia Langga (2nd from right), and Engr. Lee Almirante (far right).
Installation of the Swab/Sample Collection Booth (SCB) at Talisay District Hospital with DOST Cebu’s Asst. Provincial Director Engr. Juan Edgar Osorio (far left) and OIC Provincial Director Mr. Bryan Ybanez (2nd from left), Ms. Roselle Lagrimas Gonzales of Talisay District Hospital (middle), Engr. Sondec Melmark Haclazgo of Talisay District Hospital (2nd from right), and Dr. Louie N. Abellanosa of Talisay District Hospital (far right).
Installation of the first Swab/Sample Collection Booth (SCB) for Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center with DOST Cebu OIC Provincial Director Mr. Bryan Ybanez  (far left), Engr. Jaried R. Dingcong of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (2nd from left), DOST 7 Supervising SRS Engr. Samuel Parcon (2nd from right), and Asst. Provincial Director Engr. Juan Edgar Osorio (far right).
Installation of the second Swab/Sample Collection Booth (SCB) for Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center with DOST Cebu’s Calibration Officer Mr. Anthony Dinglasa (far left), Engr. Leomel R. Labitad  of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (2nd from left), DOST Cebu’s Asst. Provincial Director Engr. Juan Edgar Osorio (2nd from right), and Mr. Eleuterio A. Bustillo (far right).
Installation of the Swab/Sample Collection Booth (SCB) at Department of Health Region 7 – Center for Health Development with DOST Cebu Asst. Provincial Director Engr. Juan Edgar Osorio (far left), Ms. Cheryl Obillo of DOH (2nd from left), DOST Cebu OIC Provincial Director Mr. Bryan Ybanez  (2nd from right), and Engr. Joel O. Saquilon of DOH (far right).