By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police on Saturday recorded two more police officers who died due to coronavirus disease.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce today the death of two more police personnel which bring the total deaths in the PNP to 84,” PNP chief Gn. Guillermo Eleazar said.
According to a PNP Health Service report, PNP patient 83 is a 51-year-old Police Lieutenant assigned in Tuguegarao City, and accordingly, he has already received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine (Sputnik-V).
On July 23, he went to the clinic for consultation because of fever, body malaise, and sore throat. On the same date, he underwent laboratory examination and RT-PCR tests.
On July 25, the result of his swab test yielded positive, and was advised to proceed to their Quarantine Facility.
On July 27, he experienced difficulty in breathing and was hooked to an oxygen inhalation machine. On July 30, his condition worsened and around 4:00 AM he was pronounced dead by the attending physician.
Meanwhile, patient 84 was a 42-year-old police staff sergeant assigned to Camp Crame. On July 6, the cop was hospitalized due to kidney malfunction and yielded negative results of Covid-19 upon his admission.
On July 13, he repeated the RT-PCR test which yielded a positive result. He was then transferred to the Covid ward of the hospital.
On July 29, he experienced difficulty in breathing and was intubated but later on succumbed.
“Lubos po akong nakikiramay sa pamilya ng ating mga namatay na pulis at ano man ang tulong na aming makakaya ay amin pong ipaaabot sa inyo,” Eleazar said.
As of July 31, the PNPHS recorded 106 new cases bringing the total of cases to 30,434 with 1,144 active cases while 49 recoveries were also noted raising the total recovered personnel to 29,206 or 95% recovery rate.
Further, a total 43,532 or 19.86% PNP personnel are now fully vaccinated while 48,993 personnel have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (ai/mtvn)