DOST 7 deployed the “No Contact” Covid-19 Specimen Collection Booths in Cebu
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)