Cop with kidney disease is latest Covid fatality from police force

Cop with kidney disease is latest Covid fatality from police force

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — A 38-year old policeman from Nueva Ecija died on Friday due to medical complications from Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) raising the total fatalities of the police force to 126.

Although fully vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine, the patient was immuno-compromised with high comorbidity. According to his wife, the police officer is undergoing dialysis due to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

“He was also on work-from-home status since the start of the pandemic, however, on January 13 while on their way to the hospital for his scheduled dialysis, he lost consciousness. He was then rushed to Nueva Ecija Medical Center and was diagnosed with stroke and declared brain dead. Laboratory tests also revealed that he was positive for Covid-19,” Philippine National Police chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said.

On January 14, at about 3:35 PM the patient succumbed to Acute Respiratory Failure, Pneumonia and CKD.

“I would like to extend my condolences to the bereaved family of our police officer and assure them that we will give all the assistance they needed,” Carlos added.

As of January 19, the PNPHS recorded 503 recoveries among the infected personnel bringing the total recoveries to 42,550 while 323 new cases were noted bringing the total cases to 46,291 with 3,615 active cases.

Further, the PNP has 217, 034 or 96.33% fully vaccinated police personnel while 60,664 or 27.95% have received their booster shots.

Meanwhile, 7,173 are awaiting the second dose to complete the inoculation.

With this, there are only 1,107 or 0.49% police personnel who have not been vaccinated.

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