Five frontliners positive in rapid tests as LdN starts target testing

THE REGION
By Divina M. Suson
May 18, 2020

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ILIGAN CITY ----- The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Bantay COVID-19 in Lanao del Norte confirms five of its health workers  tested positive of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody in a targeted rapid testing on Thursday (May 14).

 Lanao del Norte Governor Angging Dimaporo in a recorded statement posted on the official social media page of the province said the five health workers are assigned at the provincial hospital in Baloi town.

 “They are among the 44 front liners in Baloi who submitted themselves for the rapid testing,” Dimaporo said.

 The provincial government of Lanao del Norte started its targeted testing to frontliners, especially the medical workers, using the rapid antibody test kits.

An immunoglobulin test measures the level of types of antibodies in the blood. The immune system makes antibodies to protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and allergens.

The body makes different antibodies, or immunoglobulins, to fight different things. For example, the antibody for chickenpox isn't the same as the antibody for mononucleosis. Sometimes, the body may even mistakenly make antibodies against itself, treating healthy organs and tissues like foreign invaders. This is called an autoimmune disease.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG) is the most common antibody. It's in blood and other body fluids, and protects against bacterial and viral infections. IgG can take time to form after an infection or immunization

 The five health workers were immediately swabbed for the confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and were confined in the provincial quarantine facility, the old hospital in Kapatagan town.

 The results are expected to be available in a week.

 As precautionary measures, Dimaporo said, the IATF has started contact tracing while the other health workers of Baloi provincial hospital were also quarantined.

 The facility was temporarily closed for disinfection and will only be opened if the PCR test results of the five health workers will yield negative results, according to Lyndon Calica, Lanao del Norte IATF Incident Command Center chief.

 On Wednesday (May 13), Dr. Teresa Reponte, Lanao del Norte’s acting provincial health officer, confirmed that a 67-year old male in Kapatagan town was tested positive of coronavirus.

 Dr. Adrino Subaan, regional director of the Department of Health – 10, in a virtual press briefing on Friday tagged the patient as ID #80666, male 67 years old.

 The patient experienced difficulty of breathing, fever, cough and colds since April 22 and has been in an isolation facility since April 29.

 “By now, we are still verifying his history of exposure. It was learned that he has hypertension,” Subaan said.


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