By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police has noted a decreasing trend of COVID-19 infections among PNP personnel over the past several days while noting an increasing number of recovered cases.
PNP chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar said that a total of 45 cases were recorded today, July 21, raising the total number of cases to 29,476 with 1,192 active cases.
At the same time, a total of 103 confirmed cases have recovered raising the total recoveries to 28,205 and further off-setting the number of active cases down to 1,192.
“Nakikita na natin ang epekto ng pagbabakuna sa ating sarili kontra sa Covid-19. Sa mga nakalipas na araw, pababa ng pababa ang mga pulis na nagkakaroon ng naturang virus dahil karamihan sa atin ay protektado na ng bakuna”, Eleazar said.
The PNP has initiated the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 68,372 or 31.30% of PNP personnel while 22,938 are now fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, another police officer succumbed due to Covid-19 bringing the total of deaths to 79.
“I would like to give our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of our latest Covid-19 fatality, a 51-year old policeman assigned in Cotabato City,” Eleazar announced.
Based on the report from Health Service, said personnel was tested positive for Covid-19 last July 9. He was then admitted to a nearby hospital for further examination.
On July 18, he was declared dead by his attending physician due to pneumonia.
The deceased police officer is also immuno-compromised due to Diabetes, Hypertension, intestinal parasitism, and hyperthyroidism, the Health Service report said.
This developed as the PNP leadership urged all personnel to avail of COVID-19 vaccines rolled out by the PNP and some local government units.
In a Memorandum issued on July 20, 2021, Police Lieutenant General Dionardo B Carlos, Chief of Directorial Staff, directed all PNP Unit commanders and heads of offices to “encourage all personnel to take/avail of vaccines that are being rolled out by the PNP Health Service and Local Government Units”.
The same Memorandum also reminded all personnel to observe the Minimum Public Health Standard protocols at all times while on duty and at home; boost the immune system by taking vitamins and perform regular exercise, and not to self-medicate and immediately seek medical attention upon experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The Memorandum also reiterated earlier guidance to strictly observe the proper use of face masks, face shields, disinfectants; and to maintain physical distancing at all times. (AI/MTVN)