Ilocos Sur vaccinates over 10,000 health workers

VIGAN CITY — Latest data from the Ilocos Sur Provincial Health Office show that 10,112 health workers have received their first dose of vaccine against the Coronavirus disease 2019.

Of this number, 7,605 recipients have received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccines while 2,507 recipients have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Carmeliza, the province has received a total of 12,940 vials of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines since March 5.

Dr. Singson revealed that the provincial government has purchased Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, while it is also in talks with other vaccine makers to procure more supply for the inoculation of the rest of the population.

The vaccination of the general population of the province is seen as key to opening the local economy, especially the tourism industry.

While the vaccination program among priority groups in the province continues, Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson announced 6 more COVID-19 fatalities on May 1 via a Facebook post.

This brings the total mortality in the province to 17 since the first death recorded on October 31 last year.

The latest fatalities are:

IS-C985 was a 77-year-old male from Barangay Teppeng, Sinait who died on April 19 with final diagnosis of acute respiratory failure; pneumonia, high risk; COVID-19, critical.

IS-C927 was a 72-year-old male from Barangay Bonifacio, Cabugao who died on April 24 with final diagnosis of COVID-19 severe; acute respiratory failure; acute coronary syndrome.

IS-C1009 was a 76-year-old female from Barangay Don Lorenzo Querubin, Caoayan who also died on the same day. She was rushed to the Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Gabriela Silang (ISHP-GS) on April 24 due to body weakness where she died on arrival and was later tested positive of COVID-19 after taking swab samples for RT-PCR testing.

IS-C405 was a 66-year-old male from Barangay Mira, Bantay who died on April 26 due to respiratory distress syndrome; COVID-19 severe.

IS-C1087 was an 81-year-old female resident of Barangay Sabang, Cabugao who died on April 29 of community acquired pneumonia, high risk; septic shock; hypokalemia; COVID-19 critical.

IS-C1099 was a 52-year-old female from Barangay Calimugtong, Galimuyod who died on May 1 due to acute respiratory failure secondary to pulmonary edema; sepsis secondary to otitis media; pneumonia severe; end stage renal disease secondary to diabetes mellitus; COVID-19 critical.

Gov. Singson reminded the public to continue following public health standards set by the Department of Health (DOH) as local COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

As of April 30, Ilocos Sur has recorded a total of 1,099 total confirmed COVID-19 cases, 157 are active and 926 are recoveries. (with reports from PIA Ilocos Sur)