By Jerick James Pasiliao
MANGALDAN, Pangasinan – The Rural Health Unit (RHU) here has logged 94.28 percent mortality rate among senior citizens due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Dr. Raquel Ogoy, the COVID-19 focal person here, said 33 out of the 35 total death cases of the virus here were all senior citizens.
“Sa monitoring namin, dalawa lang ang hindi senior citizen na namatay dahil sa COVID-19,” she said in an interview Wednesday, May 12.
Ogoy said they were able to record two latest death cases over the weekend.
“Noong Sabado, 71-years-old na lalaki ito at na-stroke. In-admit siya sa ospital then it turned out na positive siya (sa COVID-19). ‘Yung isa naman ay 83-years-old female na may diabetes at namatay noong Linggo,” she said.
She added that although senior citizens are still restricted to go outside of their residence, they are being exposed with their family members who are working.
“May isang case kami na apat ang tinamaan sa pamilya dahil yung tatay ay may travel history sa Manila pero pag-uwi niya doon siya nagkaroon ng symptoms at nang ma-test doon lumabas na positive,” Ogoy said.
Ogoy disclosed that they are also experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases wherein they now have 30 active cases from the average of only 10 active cases before.
Meanwhile, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman in a separate interview said of the 336 total death cases in the entire province, almost 50-percent of which were senior citizens.
Thus, the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) is closely monitoring those individuals coming from outside the town to determine if they are manifesting flu-like symptoms and will immediately be scheduled for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing.