THE Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) said only one of the two patients under investigation (PUIs) for possible infection of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has left their isolation facility.
Dr. Ricardo Audan, SPMC chief of Clinics and Health Emergency Management Bureau (HEMB) coordinator, said Thursday, February 13, they had released the patient on Wednesday after the result of the person’s samples tested negative of the virus.
Audan added that they are still waiting for the result of the other PUI before they will allow the patient to return home.
SPMC has six isolation facilities housed in a separate building with negative pressure.
Based on the Department of Health (DOH) Covid-19 tracker as of Thursday, the number of PUIs in Davao Region reached 15 from Wednesday’s 13. Two new PUIs have been added to the list.
Aside from SPMC, DOH-Davao said Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is also equipped with isolation facility to cater to PUIs.
The health department said the confirmed case in the country remains at three and two of the patients are no longer admitted in the hospitals while the other one perished from the disease.
Contact tracing is being done by the health officials in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to locate the people who had close contact with the confirmed patients.
To date, Davao Region has no confirmed case of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the DOH echoed their health advisory to the public to practice frequent and proper hand washing, practice proper cough etiquette, always bring a handkerchief/tissue, cover mouth and nose using handkerchief/ tissue (sleeves or crook of the elbow may also be used to cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing) to prevent acquiring and spreading of the disease.
They also encouraged moving away from people when coughing, not to spit anywhere, throw used tissues properly, always wash hands after sneezing or coughing, use alcohol/sanitizer, avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals, ensure that food is well-cooked, and maintain a healthy lifestyle to mount up immunity and to keep oneself protected against the virus. (JCR)