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Health body studying plan to build drug testing lab

THE city council’s committee on health and sanitation and health insurance chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane is set to review a proposed ordinance establishing a free-standing screening drug testing laboratory in the city.

This is pursuant to Section 16 of RA 7160, which mandates every local government to exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied there from, and those which area essential to the promotion of the general welfare.

Officials said the proposed legislation is also in line with the policy of the city government to institute programs and strategies to combat the drug problem.

The proposed free-standing laboratory is located outside the premises of an institution which operates independently.

With the establishment of a drug testing laboratory at the City Health Office, people would have access to quality drug testing laboratory and affordable drug test examinations.

Based on the proposed ordinance, there would be an adequate number of medical technologists and other health professionals with documented training and experience to conduct the needed laboratory procedures, among others.

If approved, patients would be charged with corresponding service fees ranging from P100 to P250 based on the duly approved government schedule. The service fee would increase from time to time based on current prices of lab reagents and supplies as approved by the Sanggunian.

Philhealth-sponsored member/dependent, including seniors and members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); and exceptional and meritorious cases as determined and approved by the local chief executive, would be exempted from payment of fees as provided for in the proposed ordinance, based on the proposal. (SP)

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