ILOCOS SUR — Health officials here announced that the Person Under Monitoring (PUM) at Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang (ISPH-GS) is negative for 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019 nCoV).
“The patient is now stable, her immune system is good and she showed no episode of fever since yesterday. She is now recovering from a viral illness,” said Dr. Roland Sara, Infectious Diseases Consultant of the Department of Health in Region I, in a press conference.
The patient is a 26-year-old female who showed symptoms such as fever, difficulty of breathing and body weakness.
“She was diagnosed with a Systemic Viral Illness, na kadalasang nangyayari sa ating mga tao, it is not nCoV,” Dr. Sara added.
The patient was considered as PUM because on January 26, her four relatives left for Hong Kong, which is one of the worst affected countries from the virus that originated in China, and on January 29, her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law arrived from Hong Kong but all of them were asymptomatic or showed no symptoms of the virus at all.
However, the patient showed symptoms of possible nCoV on February 6, so the Provincial Health Office (PHO) advised the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to pick her up and was immediately brought to ISPH-GS for triaging.
Dr. Carmeliza Singson, provincial health officer here said, “The patient’s relatives who came from Hong Kong were advised to do home or self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days. We started counting their 14-day quarantine since January 26. But for the PUM, her quarantine period started last January 29.”
“We put her under observation for 14 days just to be sure. So if after the 14-day quarantine and she remain as asymptomatic, they can go home then they will be cleared,” she added.
“A PUM is an individual who has a history of exposure in countries with positive cases of 2019-nCoV while a PUI is a person who has a travel history to China with symptoms, or with history on exposure to patients with the disease,” added Dr. Trina Taboga-Talaga, Chief of ISPH-GS.
In conclusion, Dr. Taboga said, “Ilocos Sur is nCoV free and nCoV prepared.”
Relative to this, the Provincial Government headed by Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson has implemented measures to prevent the entry and spread of the virus in Ilocos Sur. This is through the Executive Order No. 03, which mandates the implementation of precautionary measures against the possible entry of the virus in the province such as inspection/clearing/checking of foreign vessels in their second or subsequent port of entry; mandatory accomplishment of passenger declaration and health declaration card of those entering the province by domestic flights and by domestic or international vessels; barangay monitoring; and tourism establishments monitoring.