The Department of Health (DOH) 8 (Eastern Visayas) on Wednesday said 15 patients under investigation (PUIs) as possible carriers of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid 19) have been discharged from referral hospitals in the region.
Thirteen of those discharged tested negative for the virus while the other two completed the 14 day isolation period with no flu like symptoms, Minerva Molon, DOH 8 director, said in a press briefing.
If the PUIs have tested negative, then those persons who have close contact with them, categorized as persons under monitoring (and) advised to self quarantine, are also cleared, Molon said.
As of Wednesday morning, the region has only one confined PUI at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center a 25 year old female from Samar who works in Jiangsu, China.
She arrived in the country for a vacation on January 30 and was admitted on February 11 after experiencing mild sore throat, cough, and colds.
The patient is currently admitted in a referral hospital, isolated and accordingly managed. We are waiting for the test results of her sample specimen sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Molon said.
She said an intensified health education campaign is conducted in government offices, schools, and establishments for a better understanding of the disease to avoid confusion and panic in the public.
Aside from intensified communication and information dissemination, the health department is also enhancing its coronavirus laboratory testing capacity, hospital preparedness, rapid response, and border and community surveillance to prevent the spread of the virus.
I am reminding the public that the practice of proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette is still the best way to protect oneself from the virus. In such trying times, we should not let our fears overwhelm us and cause us to overreact. Let us work together, Molon said.
Source: Philippines News Agency