May 26, 2024
UPGRADED BONTOC LABORATORY — The laboratory, hematology machine, and newly-procured clinical chemistry machine of the Bontoc Municipal Health Office was blessed last week by Rev. Lucrecia Turtem with local and health officials gracing the event. — Jovi Lopez

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Bontoc Municipal Health Office (MHO) has expanded its services by acquiring an automated clinical chemistry analyzer.
The analyzer can run a test for hypertension (lipid profile, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride), renal or kidney function (blood urea nitrogen and creatinine), and liver function.
With the newly procured equipment, medical technologist II Cecilia Stella Matiw said services which can be availed of by clients with corresponding fees include a test for blood glucose, lipid profile, and kidney function test.
These are aside from the services it has been providing to clients such as microscopy, hematology, serology, and microbiology.
Matiw assured clients can get the result of their test within the day.
Other services of the MHO are maternal and childcare, immunization, nutrition counseling, communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control, reproductive health and family planning, and tuberculosis prevention and control.
Bontoc Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., said the purchase of a chemistry analyzer is timely as the MHO laboratory has been issued a license to operate as a primary and non-institution-based care facility by the Department of Health valid until Dec. 23.
He said these undertakings allow for a more efficient and affordable approach to improving and promoting public health which is one of his administration’s priorities.
“We believe ensuring the health and wellness of our community is essential. Thus, we have to provide the most inclusive, accessible, affordable, and efficient approach to enhancing people’s health,” Tudlong said. – Alpine K. Malwagay