NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Lawyer Rayfrando Diaz II said problems surrounding the backlogs of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) Molecular Laboratory has been solved.
Diaz said they have already hired encoders that have been assigned to the Provincial Health Office, and the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC).
Diaz said the newly hired personnel will expedite the release of the results since the profiles that were gathered for those who underwent RT-PCR testing are now encoded.
Information Technology supervisors at NOLITC are also now available to supervise the encoders.
Diaz also confirmed that they are starting to release the almost 2,000 swab backlogs.
Over 200 individuals who have tested negative for the virus have also been allowed to return home after the local mayors in the province have been informed.
Diaz added Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is currently trying to get another machine for the molecular lab to further hasten the processing of swab tests.