CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Government doctors here reviewed the city’s data on COVID-19 cases and noted that patients with mild cases have an 80 to 85 percent chance of recovery.
Quoting the government doctors, Mayor Oscar Moreno said those who recovered were the ones who received proper medical treatment while on quarantine. He also stressed the need for good nutrition and plenty of rest that come with the quarantine in isolation facilities.
Dr. Joselito Retuya, city epidemiologist, confirmed that the city’s data on COVID-19 cases show that patients with mild cases are likely to recover.
Moreno said he learned many things while listening to the advice of government doctors on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.
He narrated that when the city recorded its first COVID-19 death in Pinikitan, Barangay Camaman-an, he quickly asked for the victim’s infected husband, child, and grandchild to be brought immediately to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) but he was prevailed upon by Dr. Retuya and Dr. Ian Gonzales of the Department of Health (DOH).
Instead, the two doctors told the mayor the infected family members should be brought to isolation units for observation because they were all asymptomatic.
Moreno said Retuya and Gonzales were correct because the three subsequently recovered while on quarantine. The mayor said the same thing is happening to the six newly confirmed COVID-19 patients from Dabatian Street, Barangay Carmen, and Bulua.
All of them, he said, are asymptomatic and are receiving care in isolation facilities.
On Monday, officials confirmed that five relatives of the 34-year-old woman from Dabatian Street who died of COVID-19 at the NMMC and an overseas Filipino worker from Barangay Bulua tested positive for the disease.
The 60-year-old OFW from Bulua is being treated while in isolation in Pasig City while the rest are receiving care in the city’s isolation units. Doctors said the six new COVID-19 patients are all in stable condition.
Since March, the city has recorded 21 COVID-19 cases. Of the 21 patients, six have expired and six others have recovered.There are nine active COVID-19 cases in the city now, and only one patient has been admitted to the NMMC.
Doctors noted that those who died had comorbidities which include hypertension, cancer, diabetes, and pneumonia, among others. (CIO/PIA10)