Mindanao’s first coronavirus patient dies

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY ( 14 March 2020)—The 54-year-old patient who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center died late last night, a DOH advisory said.

The male patient died from acute respiratory distress syndrome due to severe pneumonia. He also had acute kidney injury.

DOH-10 regional director Dr. Adriano Suba-an earlier said Patient #40 worked in Pasig City before returning to his hometown in Lanao del Sur. On Feb. 24, he went to get treated at a private hospital in Iligan City until March 8 when he was referred to NMMC. He was confirmed positive on March 11.

Initial report from Dr. Ian Christian Gonzales, head of DOH-Region 10’s infectious disease cluster, said the patient was in stable condition. But in a media briefing yesterday March 13, Dr. Jose Chan, NMMC chief of hospital, said that the patient was on ventilator and fighting for his life.

According to Dr. Suba-an, DOH had already conducted information gathering and contact tracing. All health workers who attended the patient will also undergo 14-day quarantine.

In the media briefing yesterday, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno has urged health workers to boost their immune system.

NMMC has assigned 10 rooms for COVID-19 patients. Dr. Chan said they are also planning to add 14 rooms in case patients will increase in number.

Yesterday’s DOH briefer on COVID-19 revealed that four were confined at the NMMC as three were waiting for test results.

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