Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Zambo woman doubts own Covid infection

A WOMAN who was previously tested positive for Covid-19 at the Zamboanga City Medical Center now doubts whether she was really infected with the deadly respiratory disease or not.

Her neighborhood was placed under strict lockdown for at least 2 weeks after she was told that she contracted Covid-19 and had to stay in hospital until she recovered from the viral infection. “I don’t know whether I really had Covid or not, but I am sure I was not sick from it except for my diabetes and kidney problem,” she told the Zamboanga Post newspaper. 

The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that during her stay at the hospital she was only given insulin shots and Calcium tablets. 

“That’s it, those were me regular medicines during my stay. I was not on a ventilator and not given anti-Covid medicines. I just slept, ate, slept, but really I don’t like the food they gave me, especially the fish. It was an unforgettable experience, really,” she said, recalling how she struggled to stay strong both mentally and physically after being told she had Covid-19. 

The woman, who lives with her husband and about a dozen adult children and grandchildren in a small house in a village near the hospital, said she feels stronger now, although she continues controlling her blood sugar count. 

She wished that the national government would be able to purchase Covid vaccines and avail them for free, saying she and her husband have no means of livelihood and rely solely on what their neighbors or her children give them. “Vaccine, that is all I wish for now,” the woman said. 

The Zamboanga City Medical Center has broken ground for the construction of two buildings that will house a molecular laboratory and a Covid isolation facility. 

The buildings, with a capacity of 53 beds, will be constructed on a 1,800 square meter property near the hospital along Veterans Avenue. It will complement the existing facility at the hospital as part of measures in confronting the pandemic. (Zamboanga Post)

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