Dgte frontliners continue to receive donations

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (left), Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19, thanking the companies who donated medical supplies and food for the frontliners in the city. (Photo courtesy of City Information Officer Dems Demecillo/PIA Negros Oriental)

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led earlier the unloading of the fourth shipment of medical supplies which include dozens of boxes of ethyl alcohol and isolation gowns for the frontliners

These arrived onboard a C295 aircraft of the Philippine Air Force which aims to augment the inventory of the City Health Office and Silliman University Medical Center.

Likewise, about 6,000 surgical masks have been turned over from Lee Super Plaza, one of the major shopping centers in the city.

The face masks are intended for the health workers and other frontliners who are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Another set of refreshment products came in from representatives of San Miguel Foundation who delivered about 200 boxes of canned goods, cookies, and coffee recently for distribution to personnel enforcing the rules of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

For the supplies from Manila, Remollo extended his sincere appreciation to spouses Ramon and Karla Fernandez who arranged the flight; Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr. and his staff Lt. Col. Jose “Jay” Dizon; Philippine Air Force Commanding Chief Lt. General Allen Paredes and the C295 flight crew for the latest successful mission.

The mayor also commended the Lee family and San Miguel Foundation for the donation, which will be distributed by the City Health Office to those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, including Persons Deprived of Liberty at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and those in the frontlines.

COVID-19 patient CV27 in NegOr recovers

By Roi Lomotan

 Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer and Hospital Incident Command System Commander Dr. Liland Estacion (seated) being interviewed by media as she confirms that COVID-19 patient CV27 has been discharged from the hospital. (ral/PIA7-NegOr)


Negros Oriental’s COVID-19 patient CV27 has been discharged from the hospital.

Assistant Provincial Health Officer and Hospital Incident Command System Commander Dr. Liland Estacion confirmed this in an interview with the media recently.

Estacion said CV27 was discharged on April 13 from the private hospital where the patient was admitted and was brought to the patient’s residence in the northern part of the province.

“I was able to talk to the attending physician ug niingon siya nako na recovered na siya clinically and naa man siya duha ka negative swab test mao na iyang gipapauli (I was able to talk to attending physician who told me that the patient has clinically recovered. Aside from this, the patient has two negative swab tests that’s why the doctor decided to discharge him from the hospital). If you saw the picture, the patient was walking when the patient went home,” Estacion said, referring to photos which circulated on social media showing the hospital staff sending off the said patient.

Estacion said the patient, who is 69 years old, will be continuously monitored to ensure the patient’s full recovery.

Meanwhile, based on the Provincial COVID-19 Health Monitoring Report issued 6:00 p.m. of April 15, the number of persons who are asymptomatic and are under monitoring and quarantine is now at 621, while the number of persons with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) is at four.

Persons with Moderate Acute Respiratory Infection (MARI) is currently at three while persons with Inluenza-Like Illness (ILI) without co-morbidities is at 22 and persons with ILI with co-mobordities is at six.

The number of asymptomatic persons who were monitored and completed the 14-day quarantine is at 13,737.

Estacion noted there was a steady decrease in COVID-19 cases in Negros Oriental upon the imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Ang ECQ naay positive effect (the ECQ has a positive effect),” she said.

The ECQ in Negros Oriental started on April 3, 2020.

However, the Provincial IATF-EID has passed a resolution recommending the extension of the ECQ.

“The reason for the extension is that we have not yet flattened the curve. Karon pa man atong curve nanaog (Our curve has just started to go down). We have to flatten it first and then per the recommendation of other private doctors, we have to wait because other provinces are still in quarantine and if we open, mass exodus will be coming here in the province. We have to synchronize with other provinces,” Estacion explained.

Dgte health ofc: No more COVID-19 suspects

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City Health Office (DCHO) reported on April 14 that none of the remaining 17 persons under monitoring (PUM) have shown Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) symptoms.

According to Dr. Sarah Talla of DCHO, as soon as their 14-day quarantine is completed without incident, they will be given a medical certificate and fit to work certificate.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, lauded the local health industry and the dedication of the health workers and other frontliners for keeping the local community free from COVID-19.

With this, the city government is actively procuring more medical supplies, personnel protective equipment for the frontliners, and setting up the community isolation center that is ready for occupancy when the need arises.

Remollo also observed that many citizens comply with the stay-at-home policy of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) based on the footage from the CCTV camera command centers.

This is noted especially at night when the curfew is imposed at 9:00 p.m.

The city’s CCTV cameras are used to monitor and identify violators of the ECQ.

Meanwhile, personnel of the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 continue to monitor the streets 24/7 and noted the light traffic in the day and almost empty streets at night.

All motorists submit themselves for thermal screening and present quarantine passes in the various checkpoints across the city. (With reports from CPIO Dems Demcillo)