The 71st fatality of Covid-19 from among the police is a 47-year-old senior master sergeant from Davao Oriental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Tuesday.
According to the PNP Health Service, (PNPHS) the victim was exposed to a colleague who tested positive of the virus last 31 May. He and other station personnel underwent Covid-19 RT-PCR Test initiated by the local government as advised by the municipal Inter-Agency Task Force.
Upon receiving the positive results, they were immediately evacuated and transferred to a Barangay Isolation facility. On 9 June, said personnel developed symptoms like low grade fever and difficulty of breathing.
The victim informed the nurse on duty in the isolation facility that he had cough and sudden dyspnea on 11 June, at around 3 p.m.
The vital signs were taken and oxygen saturation decreased to 77 percent. Immediately chest X-ray was done which showed bilateral pneumonia.
He was transferred to the Municipal Isolation Unit and hooked to oxygen inhalation. Phone referrals were done to the different hospitals in Mati and Tagum, but there were no vacant beds.
He was then rushed to the Davao Regional Medical Center Tagum because of the severity of his condition.
On 12 June at around 1 a.m. he was intubated but was pronounced dead at around 3:20 a.m. on the same date by his attending physician due to respiratory failure secondary to Covid-19 Critical (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome).
PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar said : “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of our personnel. The PNP leadership is doing everything to mitigate the effect of the virus in our own backyard by encouraging every personnel to be vaccinated.”
As of 14 June, the PNPHS recorded 164 more confirmed cases bringing the total cases to 25,866 with 1,865 active cases while 89 recoveries were also noted bringing the total recoveries of police personnel to 23,930.