Pinoy who travelled to Hong Kong is PUI No. 2 in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – The Department of Health (DOH) has reported another patient under investigation (PUI) in Region 12 for the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-2019).

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Illustration courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Arjohn Gangoso, DOH-12’s health education and promotion officer, said Tuesday the second PUI in the region has been admitted in an isolation facility of an undisclosed hospital and undergoing mandatory quarantine.

He said the Filipino patient recently traveled to Hong Kong and had cough upon arrival in the country.

“Samples had been taken from the patient for Covid-19 test and we’re currently waiting for the result,” he said.

Gangoso said the confirmatory test is being conducted by the DOH’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City.

Aside from the new PUI, at least 17 persons were undergoing home quarantine in parts of Region 12 for Covid-19.

A report released by DOH-12’s epidemiology and surveillance unit said nine of the persons under monitoring (PUM) are based in North Cotabato, four in this city, three in South Cotabato and one in Sarangani.

A total of 54 individuals in the region have been placed under monitoring for the disease in the last three weeks, with 37 already cleared by the DOH after completing the 14-day observation protocol.

The PUMs were those who had history of travel to China and other countries affected by the Covid-19 outbreak but returned to the country without any sign and symptom of the disease.

In a statement, the DOH-12 said it has been closely working with health offices of local government units, private and government agencies and local hospitals to strengthen the disease surveillance, information dissemination, infection prevention and implementation of other control measures in the region.

“Soccsksargen (Region 12) remains negative for Covid-19,” the agency reiterated.

It reminded anew the public to always perform preventive measures like regular hand washing and eating nutritious food. (MindaNews)