By Restituto Cayubit
PALO, Leyte – The Department of Health regional office 8 (DOH-8) clarified, Tuesday, that the death of a patient under investigation (PUI) last April 1 was not due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
DOH-8 Regional Director Dr. Minerva Molon told reporters in a press conference Tuesday that the 51-year-old man from this city was negative of the virus when he died.
“On the brighter side, we would like to announce that the sample of the PUI from Tacloban City who died a couple of days ago, is negative for the virus. Therefore, the cause of his death is not due to this deadly virus,” Director Molon said.
The fake news has alarmed and worried the residents of this city.
Last Sunday, April 5, DOH-8 had issued a statement denying the reports circulating online that the PUI died due to COVID-19.
The DOH statement last Sunday said: “This is to inform the public about an information circulating regarding the first fatality of an allegedly recorded 51-year old COVID-19 patient in Tacloban City of which there is no truth behind the claim. In fact, the referral hospital Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) issued an advisory last April 2, 2020 that the final diagnosis of the PUI was Acute Respiratory Failure from Community Acquired Pneumonia-High Risk with Hypoxia; Pulmonary Tuberculosis with clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 SUSPECT; Diabetic Ketoacidosis,”
Molon also appealed to the public to obey and participate on the government’s fight against the spread of the virus.
“COVID-19 needs to be stopped from spreading. This virus cannot survive without a host. There are two fronts in this fight. The first line is you, your family and the community. And the health system is the second line of defense. In Region 8 we only have 89 hospitals with only 3, 802 beds to serve the 4.7 million populations. We have a better chance of winning this fight if each and every one of us will do our part. Stay at home and practice social distancing to stop accelerating community transmission of this dreaded virus,” Molon concluded.