First COVID-19 patient in Pudtol, Apayao reveals self to speed up contact tracing

Published June 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Zaldy Comanda

LUNA, Apayao – A male nurse who is the first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in Pudtol, Apayao revealed his identity to fast-track the tracing of his possible contacts during his tour of duty as frontliner.

Mayor Hector Reuel Pascua said Almike Aloy, 27, a resident of Barangay Cabatacan and a nurse assigned at the Ama Jasdac District Hospital in Pudtol tested positive for COVID-19 on June 12 along with five other patients from the municipalities of Luna and Santa Marcela. Another individual from Flora town was confirmed on June 14.

Pascua said the patient who is asymptomatic is now confined at the Far North Hospital General Hospital and Training Center in Luna. He is in stable condition.

Gov. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang immediately directed the Contact Tracing Team of the Apayao COVID-19 Task Force to hasten the intensive contact tracing of individuals who had close contact with the patients in close coordination with rural health units of the municipalities.

The municipalities of Luna, Santa Marcela, Pudtol, and Flora were immediately placed under temporary lockdown and the strict monitoring of individuals going in and out of the municipalities is mandated.

Begtang thanked Aloy for courageously revealing himself as a COVID-19 patient.

As of June 17, Apayao has eight COVID-19 cases with one recovery in a frontline worker from Conner town.