'Missing' PUMs in Bacolod now coordinating with CHO

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Sunday, April 5, 2020 that most of the 57 persons under monitoring (PUMs) who were earlier announced nowhere to be found are now coordinating with his office and the City Health Office (CHO).

Familiaran, chairperson of the Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), earlier announced that the 57 PUMs were only given until Sunday, April 5, to coordinate with the CHO or the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (Bherts) or else their names will be revealed to the public.

“We are thankful for their cooperation because this is for their own good and for the good of the greater number of Bacolodnons,” he said.

He added he found out that there were also lapses on the part of the Bherts because based on the protocol if the person has a travel history from Manila or in any areas in Negros Occidental, he/she will be considered as PUMs and his/her name will be forwarded to the Bherts for follow up, but on the case of the 57 PUMs, Bherts failed to follow-up their condition.

Familiaran pointed out that after the 14-day home quarantine, the Bherts assigned should check again the condition of the PUM and they [PUMs] shall be issued a certificate that they already finished the 14-day home quarantine and they are in good condition.

Then, the PUM will proceed to CHO to get a final clearance that they already finished the 14-day home quarantine and in good condition, Familiaran explained.

“We will evaluate and assess the statements of the PUMs and we will coordinate with the barangays to remind their Bherts,” he said.

From February 2 to April 4, Bacolod City has a total of 34 patients under investigation (PUIs). 28 of them were already discharged with improved condition.

Only one PUI is currently admitted in the city’s hospital, the 40-year-old male patient who was earlier tested positive for Covid-19, and in critical condition.

The task force also recorded a total of 2, 331 PUMs in Bacolod City.

Of 2, 331 PUMs, 14 of them developed with mild symptoms and 1,923 of them already completed the 14-day home quarantine.

From February 2 to April 4, Bacolod City has a total of six patients who were tested positive for Covid-19 where the 56-year-old male patient who was first tested positive for Covid-19 was cleared on repeat swab test.

Other Covid-19 positive patients include the 40-year-old male, who is in critical condition; the 75-year-old male patient, who has travel history to Manila, now recovered as well as the 28-year-old, who has travel history to United States; 28-year-old male patient, who has an exposure to the 56-year-old patient, is also waiting for the repeat swab test result.

Bacolod City also recorded a total of four PUIs expired where one of them was tested positive for Covid-19.


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