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RITM confirmed 1st CDO Covid-19 positive patient

March 26, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) has confirmed the first COVID-19 positive patient at the government-owned Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) here. Dr. Jose Chan, NMMC Medical Director, said during a press briefing Wednesday that the patient is a 71-year-old male who resides in one of the city’s urban villages (barangays) here. Chan said that the patient came from Green Hills in San Juan, Metro Manila, who arrived in Cagayan De Oro City on March 7, 2020. He said that the patient had a medical checkup after noticing a mild fever, but was later released after getting a specimen which was sent to RITM for analyses. According to Chan, the family quarantined the patient in an isolated room in their residence pending the result of the RITM analyses. He said that the family was very cooperative when health officials asked the patient to be re-admitted to the NMMC on March 12, 2020 after the RITM findings found the patient positive of the virus. “The patient voluntarily submitted himself for admission and is now being confined in an isolation room at the NMMC. He is in stable condition,” Chan said. He said that, as of Wednesday, the NMMC has discharged 35 patients while 13 patients remain in confinement waiting for the RITM results and one (the 71-year-0ld patient) was earlier confirmed positive. Chan said that the NMMC is still waiting for the results of the specimen analyses of the two patients, a male and a female, who died at the NMMC on Monday after being diagnosed as severe acute respiratory illness (SARI). As of Wednesday, only one COVID-19 positive patient (PH 40), the 54 year-0ld-male from Lanao Del Sur died at the NMMC. Dr. Dave Mendoza, the assistant Regional Director of the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao, said that the wife of PH40 was negative of the virus while his daughter, now confined at the Amay Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City, was positive of the COVID-19 virus. The government doctors said that COVID-19 positive patients who died are either cremated or buried within 12-hours under the supervision of the local government unit (LGU). 

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Execs pass Anti-Patient’s Dishonesty law of 2020

March 26, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The City Council of Cagayan De Oro approved an ordinance that would punish patients who tell lies to the attending health personnel in times of state-declared health emergency. Known as the “Anti-Patient’s Dishonesty Law of 2020,” the ordinance penalizes a dishonest patient of a one-year imprisonment or a fine of not less than P1,000 but not more than P5,000. The local legislators approved the ordinance to “protect health workers, quarantine officers, other front liners and the general public from patients who put others at risk by being dishonest about their travel history and symptoms. The ordinance also provides that any person who are required to accomplish information sheet, data form, declaration or any similar document, shall state the truth and disclose all relevant information as may be required or may be asked by the health personnel such as but not limited to nurse, physician or their assistants. Those found to have knowingly and deliberately lie, committed dishonesty and/or withheld relevant information shall be meted the penalty of imprisonment and fine. 

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BREAKING: Senator Sonny Angara also tests positive of the deadly coronavirus disease

March 26, 2020

SENATOR ANGARA COVID-19 POSITIVE TOO METRO MANILA -  Senator Angara is the third senator who tested positive of covid-19. Yesterday, Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel also confirmed he was positive of the deadly strain. "I regret to announce that today, March 26, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19. I have been feeling some symptoms like mild fever, cough, headaches and general weakness," Senator Angara said in his FB account. Angara said he has not been in contact with the public since taking the test last March 16 and asked for prayers, that together, everyone is able to pull through this tremendous challenge." "Let us continue to support all efforts to fight the further spread of the virus. Let us support our frontliners on the streets, in the emergency rooms as they are key to the effort. With hope, sacrifice, and unity of effort, we shall overcome." Angara added. Last week, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was the first lawmaker who confirmed being positive of covid-19. With the infection of the three senators, the worst case scenario would be to quarantine all people, employees, staff and other senators. There is great possibility many of them have acquired the virus already early this month. Based on data from the Department of Health, confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease have already reached to 636, while the death toll also rises to 38 as of March 26. The good news is that out of 636 confirmed cases, there were also 26 of them who have recovered from the virus attacked usually starts flu-like illness, while others have been found asymptomatic of the disease. SENATOR AQUILINO 'KOKO' PIMENTEL III Meanwhile, Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III told reporters yesterday he received a call informing him that he was positive of the virus.  On the other hand, there were already four doctors who succumbed to their untimely deaths as they became the country's frontliners in the fight aganst the dreaded disease. Those doctors who last served the government as frontliners in the government's continued fight against the disease include Cardiologist Israel Bactol at the Philippine Heart Center; Oncologist Rose Pulido of San Juan de Dios Hospital, and Anesthesiologist Gregorio Macasaet III of the Manila Doctors Hospital. The latest casualty in the government's frontliners was Dr.Raul Jara, Hospital Director of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC). He died of multiple complications of kidney and cardiac arrest, it was learned. His medical records showed he also became positive of the deadly coronavirus disease. SENATOR JUAN MIGUEL ZUBIRI It can be recalled last week that Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri of Bukidnon Province was the first legislator in the country who tested positive of the virus. But Zubiri told the media he cannot identify where did he get the virus as he was very disciplined man, who follows social distancing protocols and hand shaking, eversince he heard of the deadly strain.  After he tested positive of the virus, the senator immediately quarantined himself at an undisclosed place, away from his wife and family. "To my dear fellow Filipinos, my Kababayans. It is with sadness that I announce that I am positive for Covid 19. I had a test taken last Friday while on self quarantine and this afternoon I received a call from Sec. Duque on my condition," the senator said. Philippine Heart Center dies of covid-19 infection In a related covid-19 news, a top-ranking official of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) has also died of the deadly coronavirus disease.  Dr Raul Jara, Hospital Director of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) died of multiple complications of kidney and cardiac arrest, it was learned. PHC Executive Director Joel Abanilla said Jara's death was a result of complications and old age, plus Jara was also infected by the deadly coronavirus disease. Aside from Jara, there were already four doctors who have sacrificed their lives as frontliners against the deadly infection of coronavirus. They also include Cardiologist Israel Bactol at the Philippine Heart Center; Oncologist Rose Pulido of San Juan de Dios Hospital, and Anesthesiologist Gregorio Macasaet III of the Manila Doctors Hospital. Meanwhile, Representative Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro announced that those frontliners who died in the line of duty will received P1-Million from the government, aside from benefits and other remunerations. Rodriguez said this includes doctors, nurses, medical staff and other medical workers. "All those who have died in the line of duty as frontliners of the government in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease.

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Actress Iza Calzado rushed to the hospital for pneumonia

March 26, 2020

Calzado, Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado-Wintle in real life said the past days she experienced a flu-like symptom such as fever, cough and sinusitis until it went severe and she had to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.   "I'm currently hospitalized for pneumonia and I was already tested for Covid-19. I’ve been waiting for the result." she said, while she also shared a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask and what seemed like a hospital gown, she said. The 37-year-old actress said "It’s been a challenging time for me but it cannot compare to the frontliners who have cared for me and to whom I am so grateful. My heart goes out to everyone in these trying times, especially those who risk their lives every day to care for their loved ones." "It’s been a challenging time for me but it cannot compare to the frontliners who have cared for me and to whom I am so grateful. My heart goes out to everyone in these trying times, especially those who risk their lives every day to care for their loved ones," she added. Meanwhile character actor Domingo Cobarrubias died today due to complications from pneumonia.  The 68-year-old Cobbarubias was also tested for possible coronavirus disease but still awaiting the result of the examination.   

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War against coronavirus looms; four doctors die in Philippines

March 25, 2020

'Understaffed' frontliners bravely man defense lines amid deaths of four docs   METRO MANILA, Philippines (MDN National News) - "Habang nalalagasan lalong tumatapang," this is how one would probably describe the war heroes against the unseen enemy, so furious and clever that sometimes it could make their victims asymptomatic, to stay away from detection.   This war against covid-19 is also ongoing in the Philippines and four doctors have already lost their lives in defense of the country and the Filipino people. Those doctors who last served the government as frontliners in the government's continued fight against the disease include Cardiologist Israel Bactol at the Philippine Heart Center; Oncologist Rose Pulido of San Juan de Dios Hospital, and Anesthesiologist Gregorio Macasaet III of the Manila Doctors Hospital. The latest casualty in the government's frontliners was Dr.Raul Jara, Hospital Director of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC). He died of multiple complications of kidney and cardiac arrest, it was learned. His medical records showed he also became positive of the deadly coronavirus disease. IN QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA, GOVERNMENT WORKERS MAKE THEMSELVES BUSY DISINFECTING THE STREETS AND  CLEANING THE AREAS FREQUENTTED BY PEOPLE, PURPOSELY TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE DEADLY CORONAVIRUS DISEASE. But despite losing four doctors in the defense against the deadly attack of the virus, frontliners continue to man the war zones. Their only hope is for the government to realize and to act as soon as possible that they lack manpower and most especially they lack the very important equipment and protective gears. “Reality is that we’re currently understaffed, not just RITM, but I think all over the Philippines. ‘yong mga doctors din natin, frontliners, and nurses, nagkakasakit na din"  says Doctor Therese Suñe of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in an interview with CNN Philippines. The RITM, in which Suñe belongs, is one of the testing centers for the coronavirus disease in the country. Suñe told the media despite the risk of being infected with the virus they are bravely manning the defense lines to protect the country from the deadly onslaught of coronavirus like what happened in China and Italy.  “But right now, we’re doing our jobs naman po. Medyo nakakapagod na rin but we have to do our jobs on what we’re called to do. I hope the people should understand that aside from us, there are a lot of people risking their lives,” Suñe explained. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte in his recent adress thanked the hundreds of frontliners for their act of heroism, while he also said he was sad with the passing of four doctors manning the defense lines of the country to prevent further damage to people. Duterte said the government has been doing its part how to effectively contain the virus and prevent it from spreading further in the countryside. The reason that the president has firmly decided to lockdown Metro Manila on what he termed as “enhanced community quarantine”, as the bulk of infections were there, including the deaths of people now 35 of them. Duterte said the government’s economic team has now prepared a ₱27.1-billion spending plan as his plea to give him emergency powers were all voted "yes" by both Lower Houses. Rep Rufus Rodriguez told reporters that with the government's budget in fighting for coronavirus, frontliners are given very much importance.  Rodriguez said aside from benefits and other remunerations such as bonuses and hazard fees, frontliners who die while on active duty and doing their best to save the people from more harm, would be given 1 Million each death benefit."  

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NBI-10, govt agencies seize Thermal scanners worth P1.9m

March 25, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, Region 10 (NBI-10) led other government agencies in confiscating some 203 pieces of Thermal scanners at a house in Barangay Gusa this city on March 24. Authorities said the fever detectors against virus worth P1.9 million were confiscated during an entrapment operation conducted by the NBI, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Regulatory and Compliance Board (RCB), and local officials of Barangay Gusa. NBI-10 Regional Director Patricio Bernales Jr. said the confiscated items were found stored in a residence allegedly owned by a person identified only by officials as a certain Mr. Chong in Barangay Gusa. Bernales said the thermal guns can be bought online but customers have to get the items personally. He said the owner claimed he was a licensed government supplier, and is affiliated with the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (Philgeps). “We confiscated the items since it is overpriced and the products have no labels,” he said, adding among the violations committed are the Republic Act (RA) 7581 or the Price Act signed into law on May 27, 1992 and RA 9711, otherwise known as as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Act of 2009. Bernales said the owner, Mr. Chong, can be held liable. Antonio Resma Jr., head of the RCB, said the business owner did not present any legal document during the operation. “They failed to present appropriate and necessary certificate of product registration and license to operate from the supplier as mandated as by the FDA advisory 2020-434 and RA 9711, mandatory labeling requirement,” Resma said. Bernales said the seized items will be presented as evidence in court, but added they may request to have them distributed in various government agencies.

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