Davao's first Covid-19 patient showing signs of improvements

The 21-year-old female patient from Davao de Oro who tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday is showing signs of improvement, according to hospital management.

PH130 is currently admitted at the Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease (ERID) ward of the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City after she tested positive with the new coronavirus disease–the first reported case in Davao Region.

DRMC chief Dr. Bryan Dalid told media in a virtual press conference on Monday, the condition of the patient has improved and does not manifest symptoms of fever and cough anymore since the time since her admission at DRMC last March 10.

Dalid said they already took the second nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs to the patient to check whether traces of the virus still exists.
He said among the criteria to discharge the patient is to get two negative results on nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs and they are still waiting for the result of the second test.

“Amo ni ginahimo because this is one of the parameters to discharge the patient. Kung wala na siya simtomas puwede na nato siya ma-discharge. In short the patient karon is improving and has improved already since the time she was admitted,” Dalid said.

Dr. Ceo Fe Tabada, regional epidemiology surveillance unit (RESU), said contact-tracing has commenced already. According to Tabada, they started with the patient’s family as well as to the persons who were with her since she arrived last February 29 from the United Kingdom (UK) via Doha-Qatar-Manila flight until she was admitted to DRMC on Mar. 10.

“Ten days ang tracing ug nagsugod mi sa iyang banay ug mga tao ug lugar nga iyang giadtuan,” Tabada said.

She said based on protocol those passengers seated up to four seats away from the patient are among those included in the contact-tracing.
Tabada added that they already requested through the Bureau of Quarantine 11 (BOQ 11) list of passengers who were on the same flight of the patient on Feb. 29, PR 2815 Manila to Davao via Philippine Airlines (PAL).

“Actually, duna nami na-istorya kauban sa patient sa plane nga walay simtomas. Gamay pa lang ang among na trace,” she said.

The passengers of flight PR 2815 from Manila to Davao who were in close contact with the patient have been called out to contact Department of Health 11 (DOH 11) as soon as possible through numbers 09081710468 and 09568735621.

“Magpakita sila ug mu-cooperate ug dili maulaw, dili mahadlok ug dili magpanic. Ang tuyo kay i-eksamen para makita kung naa sila’y simtomas since exposed sila sa patient,” said Dr. Anabelle Yumang, DOH 11 regional director.