LGUs follow death management protocols

TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of Health (DOH) here in the region has confirmed three deaths due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
All three patients were also suffering from other pre-existing illnesses but were confirmed to have acquired the dreaded virus, Dr. Minerva Molon, the regional director of the DOH-8,said.
The fatalities were from the towns of Kawayan in Biliran province; Kananga town in Leyte province; and in Tarangnan, Samar province.
In Kawayan, the fatality involved a 65-year old man who returned to his village in Barangay Inusayan of said town on June 11 from Manila.
He died on June 14, the day swab sample was extracted from him, Molon said.
The man was suffering from hypertension, heart failure and diabetes mellitus.
The second COVID-19 fatality of the region involved a 47-year old man from Barangay Aguiting, Kananga town.
The man, a locally stranded individual, returned to their village on June 15 from Cebu City but complained of chest pains the following day.
On June 17, swab sample was taken from him which turned out to be positive for coronavirus, Molon said.
But on June 24, he died while confined in a hospital in Ormoc City due to severe pneumonia secondary to COVID-19 and heart failure, the DOH regional director said.
The third patient to succumb due to COVID-19 was an 80-year old woman from Barangay Poblacion, Tarangnan town in Samar province.
Molon reported that the woman was confirmed to have acquired the virus on June 16 and was confined at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center four days later due to diabetes, hypertension and asthma she was suffering.
But on June 24, she died due to what Molon described as ‘multi-factorial shock’ such as cardiogenic and septic shock from community acquired pneumonia and acute kidney failure.
Molon said that the local government units where the fatalities came from strictly followed the protocols on the management of the dead involving COVID-19 patients.
“The concerned local government units of the concerned COVID-19 patients followed meticulously on handling of human remains to prevent contamination and transmission of the virus,” she said.