DIY dengue test kits out

Business World - - WEEKENDER -

PHILAB Hold­ings Corp., through its brand LABitDx, has launched the Dengue NS1 Ag self-test screen­ing kits which are now avail­able through the e-com­merce com­pany Lazada Group.

Philab Hold­ings Pres­i­dent Dar­lene Marie B. Ber­ber­abe said Philab de­cided to sell the prod­uct through so that work­ing par­ents can ac­cess the prod­uct by sim­ply go­ing online or down­load­ing the Lazada app and or­der­ing the test kits from their mo­bile phones.

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

“Par­ents can now act faster be­cause the self-test screen­ing kit pro­vides a re­sult in as fast as 15 min­utes,” she was quoted as say­ing in a press re­lease.

The kit comes with a lancet or fin­ger pricker that draws out blood for test­ing. Like a preg­nancy kit, a re­sult of two lines in the dengue test kit in­di­cates one is pos­i­tive for dengue while one line in­di­cates neg­a­tive.

The screen­ing kit can be used at the on­set of fever. It is ad­vised that if one has a pos­i­tive re­sult, and if symp­toms per­sist af­ter get­ting a neg­a­tive re­sult, that the user con­sult a doc­tor.

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