CAGAYAN de Oro City–Two more Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) died in a government hospital here, bringing to a total of three deaths as patients suspected of contracting COVID-19 virus rises in this port capital.
Dr. Jose Chan, Medical Director of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) based in Cagayan De Oro City, made the announcement Thursday morning.
He said that the two female patients were placed under PUIs after they were diagnosed with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).
Chan said that it could not be established whether the two patients died of the COVID-19 virus because of the failure to transport their samples for laboratory analyses in Manila.
He said that the two female patients did not come from Cagayan De Oro City, but were referred only to the NMMC hospital.
On Wednesday, the NMMC has admitted 58 PUIs, 35 of them were considered persons under monitoring (PUMs) while the tw0 who died were earlier considered as SARI patients.
Chan said that the local health authorities have been asking the national government to provide provincial hospitals the “testing kits” to be able to immediately detect whether a patient is COVID-19 positive.
“Our problem is that we have to transport samplings for laboratory testing to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine in Mandaluyong before we could determine whether the patient is COVID-19 positive,” Chan said.
In Iligan City, the health officials there are monitoring 260 “persons under monitoring,” 12 PUIs, two were admitted at the Adventist Medical Center, while 12 persons were placed under “home quarantine.”
Iligan City Health Officer Sherlina Cañaver said that one of the two patients earlier admitted at the Adventist Medical Center was transported to Cagayan De Oro City hospital.
Iligan City, a neighboring city about 88 kilometers west of Cagayan De Oro City, is part of the Northern Mindanao region.