Ulticon Builders Donates COVID-19 Testing Kits To Samal Island

Mr. Carlos “Charlie” Gonzalez, President and Founder of Ulticon Builders Incorporated the Quadruple A or AAAA certified General Contractor company based in Davao City, Philippines donated 700 DOH FDA approved  test kits to the City Health Officer of the Island Garden City of Samal. Taking initiative in working together with the Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Health, Mayor Al David Uy and other accredited health clinics’, Ulticon’s main objective is to help prevent the sudden widespread of the coronavirus.

However, the big question is, what is the importance of COVID-19 rapid test kits and how does it help us? On March 30, 2020 in a press statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of five (5) Rapid Test Kits for COVID-19 today. The FDA supports all efforts to address this pandemic. These point-of-care test kits are registered for use in countries with reliable regulatory agencies such as China and Singapore. According to the FDA, Director General Eric Domingo, “We approve kits that are registered and used in countries with advanced technology and wide experience with COVID-19. We want the people to have access to testing but of course, proper evaluation and safeguards will still be in place.”

He also added that as a safety precaution, the FDA shall require the product inserts or label of the Rapid Test Kits to state the following: 

  • This product is strictly for medical professional use only and not intended for personal use. 
  • The administration of the test and interpretation of results should be done by a trained health professional. 
  • Confirmatory testing is required. 

He further said, “The rapid test kits will yield a faster result compared to PCR based kits, but it is important that a trained health professional will evaluate and interpret the results. We have to be very cautious in using these rapid test kits because they measure antibodies and not the viral load itself. The body takes time to develop antibodies and this might give a negative result for patients who have been infected but have not yet developed antibodies. A positive result due to cross reaction with other bacteria or viruses is also possible, which is why a confirmatory PCR based test is still required.”

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