GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 February) – The Department of Health (DOH)-Region 12 has cleared at least 18 persons under monitoring (PUM) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the region after completing their 14-day mandatory quarantine.
In an advisory released late Thursday afternoon, the agency said the concerned individuals have not shown any sign and symptom of the deadly Covid-19 during the entire monitoring period.
DOH issued certifications to the PUMs that they have properly completed the quarantine protocol, which was set by its epidemiology bureau.
Six of them underwent home quarantine in North Cotabato, five in this city, two in South Cotabato and one in Sultan Kudarat.
The cleared PUMs in Sarangani, composed of four Chinese tourists from Fujian province in China, underwent quarantine at the isolation facility of the DOH-run Regional Drug Abise Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Kawas, Alabel town.
Dr. Imelda Quiñones, chief of DOH-12’s epidemiology and surveillance unit, said a total of 37 individuals underwent quarantine for Covid-19 monitoring in parts of the region.
She said they were classified as PUMs due to their history of travel to China and other countries with confirmed cases of the disease despite not showing its signs and symptoms.
The officials said these individuals were identified after arriving in the local airports and in surveillance activities conducted by rural health units.
North Cotabato listed a total of 13 PUMs, followed by this city with 10, Sarangani with 8, South Cotabato with five and Sultan Kudarat with one.
Quiñones said the lone patient under investigation (PUI) tested negative for the second time for Covid-19 and was already discharged from the isolation facility of a private hospital here.
The female patient, who volunteered to undergo quarantine after arriving at the city airport here with cough and sore throat, was initially tested negative of Covid-19 after completing the 14-day observation period last Tuesday.
“As of today, we don’t have any PUI and there is no confirmed case of Covid-19 in the region,” she said. (MindaNews)