Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Zambo PUI casualty is negative for Covid-19: Officials

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A woman who was tested for coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, and eventually died in hospital days after being admitted, was negative for the respiratory disease after test results came out Wednesday, officials said.

Mayor Beng Climaco addresses Zamboanga resident on Covid-19

Mayor Beng Climaco and Dr Joshua Brillantes, assistant regional director of the Department of Health, both confirmed the test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, or RITM, of the 57-year old woman listed as “person under investigation,” or PUI.  

The woman, whose name was not released to the public, was buried immediately. She died over the weekend even before the result of the medical test could come out, although the woman was admitted in private hospital where she succumbed to acute respiratory failure, among other complications.

“The 57-year old person under investigation, who died March 21, 2020 is negative for Covid-19 based on test results from the RITM. Let us continue to pray for the eternal repose of her soul and may God comfort her family as they grieve for their loss. We warn the public against public disclosure of sensitive data of any and all PUIs and PUMs or Covid-19 patients as this is a violation of the Data Privacy Act and violators can be penalized under the law,” Climaco said.

The woman, officials said, had travelled to the United Kingdom and came home in January and was rushed to hospital after showing symptoms of the virus and considered PUI. She was also diabetic, according to Dr Dulce Amor Miravite, head of the City Health Office.

Zamboanga now has over 2 dozen PUIs, however, 11 of them were tested negative and the others are still waiting for the results of their examination from RITM. More than 500 people are also being monitored, or PUMs, by health authorities.

A PUI is a person that shows symptoms of cough, colds and fever with a travel or contact history to countries or person that is affected with Covid 19, and being admitted in the hospital for observation. 

On other hand, a PUM is a person with travel and contact history to countries or person that is affected with Covid 19 but not displayed any symptoms and is advised to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine at home to be monitored by health workers.

The Philippines has more than 500 Covid-19 cases with over 30 deaths and the number of infections is steadily rising, according to latest DOH data. (Zamboanga Post)

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