By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY – A 61-year old female person deprived of liberty (PDL), who died at the Mindanao Central Sanitarium Hospital (MCSH) last April 30, was confirmed positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Sunday, May 3.
City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco reported Monday, May 4, that the PDL, tagged as ZC-60, died last Thursday due to Community Acquired Pneumonia, Diabetes Mellitus type 2 uncontrolled, Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic.
The Department of Health in Zamboanga Peninsula (DOH-9) said the detainee was swabbed before she died, and the result confirming that she had COVID-19 arrived on Sunday afternoon.
She was Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Peninsula’s fourth COVID-19 fatatlity.
Zamboanga City Task Force COVID-19 record shows that the city has 60 confirmed COVID-19 cases with four mortalities and four recoveries. 58 are in Zamboanga City confined at a hospital here while two are in a hospital Metro Manila.
Climaco said that the city has recorded 73 suspect COVID-related deaths.
Climaco added there were 487 suspect COVID-19 cases, 282 of which are with negative results and 115 with pending results.
This developed as Zone 1 Barangay Chief Nash Sangkula protested on Monday the transfer of more than 300 female inmates of the ZCRC to an elementary school located just a few meters from the hospital.
Sangkula said the area where the detainees were transferred was surrounded with residential houses.
“The city has other areas in this city that can be make or use as isolation area, but why this area which is surrounded by residential houses and one of the heavy populated area of the village,” Sangkula lamented.