Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Sarangani COVID-19 free as of Friday the 13th

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 13, 2020) – Amidst the reported cases of Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) and Persons Under Investigation (PUI), the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Sarangani ensures to the public that there are still no confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the province.

This was a confirmation from Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, on Friday (March 13) after speculation broke out about supposedly positive COVID-19 case by two women who left quarantine in Glan on March 11 to catch a flight to Japan via Davao-Manila.

According to the provincial health office surveillance team, the reported individuals were overseas Filipino workers in Japan and residents of Barangay Congan in Glan.

Alejandro said, “may isang 27 at isang 31 years old. We have identified na ang 31 years old is a PUM while the 27 years old was confirmed as PUI.”

Both are currently admitted at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

Alejandro confirmed, “na-locate sila ng local government of Davao, with the cooperation of the Bureau of Quarantine, local government units of Glan and Sarangani. Malaki yung pasasalamat natin kay Mayor Duterte for the immediate action given.”

“Testing shall be conducted sa ating PUI, and yung PUM natin if there will be no signs and symptoms until March 14, she shall be issued a medical clearance so that pwede na sya makabalik sa Japan," Alejandro said.

While "if the PUI will be tested negative after conducting a series of testing, she will also be issued a medical clearance and will be allowed to go back to Japan.”

Apparently, the PUI’s Indonesian fiancé and 6-year old daughter were also identified to have cough and colds, but according to Dr. Alejandro preventive measure were already executed for the safety of the PUI’s family who was left in Glan.

“Yung anak ng ating PUI na nagkaroon ng lagnat at ubo ay kailangan ma-admit natin sa isang hospital facility for the management of her respiratory tract infection and to be tested for the virus,” Alejandro said.

Alejandro also clarified, “the two individuals were not admitted at our Glan Community Hospital. They were just isolated in their house while we are processing the admission. Unfortunately, they went to Davao without prior notice, yet we are lucky because of our coordination with our CAAP and BOQ of Davao. We are able to intercept these two individuals.”

Alejandro also thanked Glan Mayor Vivien Yap for her active coordination during the incident.

“Thankful din tayo kay Mayor Vivien Yap kasi kahit nasa Manila sya nung time na nalaman na may PUM and PUI, inutusan nya lahat nga mga concerned agencies in her town to address what should be done for our persons of interest.”

Alejandro appealed to the public to filter information and prevent spreading unverified news which can cause panic to the public.

“Yan din yung problema natin minsan, so to minimize the panic of the public, wag natin sobrahan yung balita kasi yung mga ginagawa naman ng ating public ngayon was their own initiatives and actions para maiwasan yung pagkalat ng virus except that, if walang confirmation from the authority, wag lang tayo magdagdag ng mga impormasyon.”

As of the writing, there are three confirmed PUIs, 27 PUMs and no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sarangani. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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