THE Tropical Disease Prevention and Control Division (TDPCD) of the Davao City Health Office is now eyeing to partner with the private clinics for the free distribution of the Dengue NS1 Rapid Diagnostic Test.

TDPCD head Beth Banzon, in an interview with SunStar last Wednesday, March 21, said they will go to different private clinics in the city to allow the distribution of the NS1 Rapid Diagnostic test, which can detect if a person has high probability of having dengue and will allow a person to be referred immediately to hospital care.

Banzon said to make this work, the city government will sign an agreement with the hospitals where they will distribute the NS1 kit for free, and the hospitals at the same time are required to submit the report on how many patients have availed the said kit.

"I am urging everyone to avail the free diagnostic test, if they have fever for two days they can go to main health centers, and recently we have talked with Dr. Josephine Villafuerte and she approved those private clinics who want to avail NS1 for free, so we can already release it to them by next week," Banzon said.

It was in January 2017 when the dengue kits, which detect low platelet counts in a potential dengue victim’s blood, were made available for free by the City Health Office. (KVC)