Dengue test kits now avail­able for re­tail pur­chase online

Business World - - BULLETINS -

PHILAB Hold­ings Corp., through its brand LABitDx, launches the Dengue NS1 Ag self-test screen­ing kits avail­able through the e-com­mere com­pany Lazada Group.

Filipinos can now buy LABit Dx’s Dengue NS1 self-test screen­ing kits online and can be de­liv­ered right in the com­fort of their homes.

Dar­lene Marie B. Ber­ber­abe, Philab Hold­ings pres­i­dent, said the com­pany is ex­cited to an­nounce that the self- test kits are fi­nally avail­able for the re­tail mar­ket.

Ms. Ber­ber­abe added that Philab de­cided to sell the prod­uct in Lazada.

com for its soft launch in prepa­ra­tion for a big­ger roll out of the prod­uct in the fol­low­ing months.

“For now it is avail­able online, but we hope to start de­liv­er­ing to drug­stores na­tion­wide so that every­one can have ac­cess to the test kits by first half of the year,” she noted.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms. Ber­ber­abe, the tech­nol­ogy of the self-test kits will help doc­tors and hospitals cut down time in di­ag­no­sis.

“No more guess­ing at home and wait­ing for three days be­fore you have your­self checked for dengue. Now, you can act faster be­cause the test kit can be used at the start of a fever symp­tom and pro­vides re­sult in as fast as 15 min­utes,” she said.

Data from the Depart­ment of Health showed that as of July 2016, chil­dren ages be­tween five and 14 are most prone to dengue, while mor­tal­ity rate is high­est among kids be­tween zero to five years old. As of Oc­to­ber last year, there were 161,000 re­ported cases of dengue.

“We hope to help curb the mor­tal­ity rate of this dis­ease with the self­test kit tech­nol­ogy. Time is im­por­tant when deal­ing with a dis­ease such as dengue — a day of de­layed ad­min­is­ter­ing of treat­ment can be fatal for the pa­tient,” Mr. Ber­ber­abe ex­plained.

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