1st COVID-19 case recorded in Davao Region

Published March 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Armando B. Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH)-Davao Center for Health Development (DCHD) confirmed Sunday Davao Region’s first coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive patient.

In its statement released on Sunday evening, DOH-DCHD confirmed that a 21-year-old Filipina, identified only as PH130, tested positive for COVID-19 after her laboratory results was confirmed by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM).

The DOH-DCHD, however, assured the public that all necessary containment measures were being implemented to prevent local transmission of the virus.

The confirmed case arrived in the Philippines from the United Kingdom with lay-over via Doha, Qatar to Manila then to Davao on February 29.

The patient first sought consultation at a local health facility due to coughs, and was immediately isolated on March 9. She was transferred and admitted for isolation and testing to a referral hospital last March 10, 2020. She is currently in stable condition.

It said the DOH was closely coordinating the concerned local government unit (LGU), and the hospital where the patient was admitted for concerted actions on identifying persons who could have had interaction with the confirmed case, strengthening infection prevention and control protocols and for further developments arising from this health event.

The Contact Tracing Team of the Department of Health DCHD is already in close coordination with the LGU concerned. Persons who will be identified to have close interaction with the confirmed case will be interviewed and assessed for proper management.

DOH 11 Regional Director Annabelle P. Yumang said she was requesting those who will be identified as close contacts to the confirmed case to fully cooperate and provide necessary information for proper management and facilitation.

“Being personally responsible in order to control COVID-19 is an essential action in this challenging situation.” she said,

Yumang said they assured the public that the DOH was on top of the situation as they have activated an Incident Command System and deployed Rapid Response Team for appropriate management, including increased infection control, case management, and containment to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We urge the public to stay calm and remain vigilant at all times. Let us continue to practice proper handwashing, social distancing, and cough etiquette. We also appeal to everyone to refrain from sharing unverified information and obtain information only from verified sources such as the Department of Health official website and social media accounts. Let us continue doing our part in containing the disease,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte and Tagum City, Davao del Norte Mayor Allan Rellion issued an order for a partial lockdown on all their entry and exit points to their cities starting 7 p.m., March 15.

In their joint statement, the two leaders said there was need for the implementation of immediate, aggressive, and proactive measures to prevent the spread of Covid19 in Davao Region.

They stated that there were limited testing kits and results were taking too long to become available.

As of this writing, the region has already recorded 50 PUI. Of these numbers, 29 these patients were already discharged, while 2are currently admitted in two government hospitals in the region.

It added that 25 PUIs have already tested negative for COVID-19. There are still 13 cases awaiting results from the RITM while 7 samples are still for sending to the RITM.