MANILA – A pregnant female police officer is the latest among the ranks to have died of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid19), bringing the total police death toll to 36, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer in charge Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on Saturday said.
He said 39-year-old police officer assigned as a Questioned Document Examiner and one of the SOCO (scene of the crime operations) team leaders of Valenzuela City tested positive for Covid-19 on March 12. She died on March 20 due to community-acquired pneumonia and Covid-19.
Eleazar explained the female cop was immediately quarantined at Arkong Bato quarantine facility then transferred to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center and was admitted on March 17 due to difficulty in breathing.
“On March 18 she was hooked to a mechanical ventilator for oxygen support. According to her OB-in-charge, she had seizures on March 19 and was extubated twice. At about 5 a.m., decreased heart rate was noted. Epinephrine was given 12 times. However, even with resuscitation and medications given she expired. At around 5:38 a.m. (March 20), she was declared dead, with her unborn child” he stressed.
Eleazar reiterated the instruction of PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas, who also tested positive for Covid-19 on March 11, to the PNP personnel to strictly observe the minimum health safety protocols, most especially to pregnant police officers “who are working from home because they are more vulnerable to Covid-19 infections and other highly pathogenic respiratory infections.”
“They must take extra precautions, and should they feel Covid-19 symptoms or think they have been exposed to an infected person, they should immediately call their doctor and follow his or her advice” he added.
As of Saturday night, the police force has 1,300 active cases while 52 more police officers have recovered, pushing the recovery tally to 11,674.
The PNP on Saturday logged 114 new cases, increasing the total Covid-19 infections among police officers to 13,010 cases. (PNA)