By Malu Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – A patient-under-investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection from this city, who was immediately transferred to the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cotabato City, tested negative for the virus, Mayor Joseph Evangelista said in an official statement issued to media on Tuesday.
Evangelista said the PUI had travel history in Hongkong, one of the administrative regions of China.
The PUI, he added, was among the 23 persons-under-monitoring (PUMs) by the City Health Office because of their recent travels to countries in Asia with recorded COVID-19 cases.
Of the 23 PUMs, he explained, 16 have completed the 14-day mandatory self-quarantine without manifesting any flu-like symptoms, while six have yet to complete their isolation.
Evangelista said that when health staff of the CHO detected flu-like symptoms in one of the PUMs, the person was immediately declared “under investigation” and was immediately transferred to an isolation facility at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City.
The PUI was transported to the CRMC using an ambulance the Kidapawan Call 911 has designated for COVID-19 cases
The driver and the personnel of Call 911 were equipped with protective gears approved by the Department of Health (DoH).
The mayor said the ambulance, including the driver and the Call 911 crew were immediately disinfected after the transport.
Upon confinement, samples were taken from the PUI and sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Australia for verification. Results from both agencies tested negative for COVID-19, reports showed.
The PUI, according to Evangelista, was recovering well, and was ready to be discharged from the hospital anytime.