DAVAO

Davao posts 35.7% in Covid-19 recoveries

Screenshot from Sittie Rohaina Saban-Manalao's video

DAVAO Region posted around 35.7 percent of the total recoveries across the country, with 30 patients who are now negative for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), as of April 7.

Based on the Regional Situation Update on Covid-19 in Davao Region as of 5 p.m. of April 7, the Department of Health (DOH)-Davao reported eight additional patients who have recovered, bringing the total number of those who tested negative in the region to 30.

In the country, there are about 84 recoveries as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

In Davao City alone, there are 25 recoveries, three in Davao Oriental, one in Davao del Sur, and one in Davao de Oro.

DOH-Davao is currently monitoring a total of 42 Covid-19 positive patients who are undergoing treatment.

Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega said most of those who recovered have only manifested mild symptoms of Covid-19.

On Monday, April 6, he said that only four of the 65 patients admitted in their facility are critically ill or those who are intubated in their intensive care unit (ICU).

"Right now, we are doing the right thing, mitigating especially this contagion na nandito ngayon sa atin. I think that it is best that we have long quarantine to keep the contamination down. Initial phases pa kasi tayo. If we drop our guards, and mag-open agad tayo, the possibility really is the surge might come in. Just extend it to the point that we will have a zero-positive coming from the city," Vega said.

A video posted Wednesday, April 8, by Sittie Rohaina Saban-Manalao, a staff nurse at SPMC, showed a patient who was able to recover and was sent home.

The patient, still in a wheelchair, was applauded by the hospital staff after emerging from the elevator.

The patient gave a brief speech. He thanked the doctors for their efforts in providing their medical needs despite the potential risk of infection.

"Unang-una, magpasalamat ko sa Diyos kay nakagawas nako diri. Magpasalamt pod ko sa inyuha [frontliners]. Sa kadugay nakong stay diri, narealize nako lately nga mga hero mo kay lisod inyong gibuhat. Ang gobeyrno naga encourage ug social distancing, kamo close contact. Mas lisod (First of all, I thank the Lord because I was able to get out of here. I also thank the frontliners. For the longest time that I am here, I realized that you are heroes. What you are doing is not easy. While the government has been encouraging the public to observe social distancing, you are in close contact with Covid-19 positive patients)," the patient said.

Meanwhile, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, DOH-Davao reported one new death, bringing the death toll to 12.

Health authorities earlier said that vulnerable to the virus are people who have underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised, elderly, and pregnant women.

To prevent the virus from spreading, Vega said the only thing people can do with the absence of vaccines is to stay indoors, observe social distancing, and proper hygiene.


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