By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police recorded 370 new recoveries from COVID-19 among its infected personnel during the opening days of October, further reducing the number of active cases down to 1,959 as of Saturday.
This, despite 245 new confirmed cases recorded by the PNP Health Service on October 1 and 2 that added up to 40,070 total cases PNP-wide since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020.
“Consistent with the national recovery rate of COVID-19 cases noted by the DOH, the PNP posted 94.8% recovery rate with 37,992 personnel healed of COVID-19 infection and returned to full-duty status,” PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar said.
“The national vaccination program extended to police frontliners contributed largely to greater resilience of the PNP against COVID-19,” Eleazar said.
The Chief PNP noted PNP Health Service data as of October 2 that showed a total of 357,290 vaccine doses administered to PNP personnel.
With this vaccine roll-out, a total of 176,166 personnel or 79.09% of all 222,000 PNP members are now fully vaccinated, while 39,967 or 17.94% are just awaiting the second dose to complete the inoculation, he added.
Meanwhile, the PNP mourns the death of two more police frontliners who died due to COVID-19 during the last week of September.
Belated reports reaching the PNP National Headquarters disclosed the death on September 23 of the 118th fatality, a Patrolman assigned in the Bicol region but whose death certificate was received only last September 27, indicating the cause of death as Pneumonia critical caused by COVID-19.
The 119th PNP fatality, meanwhile, is a Police Chief Master Sergeant assigned with the MIMAROPA regional office of a National Operational Support Unit.
Medical records showed the patient has been undergoing dialysis twice a week as a treatment for chronic kidney disease and has been advised during the first week of September to go on Alternative Working Arrangement to continue treatment.
The patient succumbed on September 29, 2021, at a local hospital.
“Taos-pusong pakikiramay ang ating pinapa-abot sa mga pamilya at kasamahan ng dalawang nasawing police frontliners,” the Chief PNP said.
We assure their surviving kin of all death benefits and assistance due for deceased police personnel, he added. (ai/mtvn)