Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Philab Partners with Healthway to Make Dengue Self-Test Kit More Accessible to Patients

Dengue remains one of the potentially deadly diseases in the Philippines. It is a viral infection caused by the dengue virus transmitted by the bite of a female Aedes sp. mosquito. This condition is diagnosed based on clinical signs and symptoms of a patient with consistent laboratory findings. 

Healthway and Philab Memorandum of Agreement signing
Recently, mall-based chain of medical clinics Healthway Medical partnered with local biotechnology firm Philab Industries to give full attention to early screening of dengue infection and advocate for a better understanding of the disease towards a proactive health and lifestyle. 

Philab Holdings, through its brand LabIt DX will supply the Dengue NS1 Ag Self-Test Kit to Healthway clinics. Unlike expensive lab tests that take time to release results, the kit can rapidly detect dengue virus NS1 antigen from human blood directly from a pin-prick on the fingertip. The principle is like that of a pregnancy kit test. Only here, you use blood instead of urine to see if you'll test negative or positive for dengue within 15-20 minutes. And yes, you can even do this even at home!

Atty. Darlene Berberabe, Philab's president and CEO, affirms that they advocate for proactive health management. "This strategy complements the medical attention our doctors provide," she pointed out. "Achieving holistic wellness is a teamwork between individuals and the doctors who take care of us. We hope that through our early screening tools, all individuals become empowered towards wellness."  

a partnership for proactive health management
"Healthway has been in the business for 20 years and we are happy that this partnership is sealed and finalized. We join hands with Philab in providing the public access to fast, convenient, preventive, and quality healthcare," added Carmie De Leon, Healthway's vice president for marketing and sales.

Aside from their existing medical offerings, Healthway is also set to offer first-rate specialty services in dental implantology, spine sports and rehabilitation, and integrative medicine. The partnership between Philab and Healthway is a testament to both companies' mission to provide excellent healthcare to the public by bringing innovative products and services to those who need medical attention. This also extends to Healthway's 100 corporate clinics that serve as a one-stop-shop for company employees who are always on the go.

Dengue Self-Test Kit
Philab launched the self-test kits in March of this year and have also made them available online. Screening test is best used within 5 days of fever. For inquiries, call 89-LABIT (8952248), email labit@philab.com, or visit www.labit.global.

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