COVID-19 claims three in Davao Region-DOH

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DAVAO CITY -– Three patients in Davao region who were earlier considered as persons under investigation (PUIs) for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), died while waiting for the test results.

The Department of Health in Davao Region in a statement stated that the patients has yet to know the result of their tests from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Manila.

Dr. Anabelle Yumang, DOH-11 director, said two of the patients–both septuagenarians–had existing ailments prior to their death, while the 68-year-old casualty developed fever and cough.

The first patient, a 78-year-old, had travel history in Australia and arrived at the country on February 17 and had developed Covid-19 symptoms on March 14.

“The patient had a pre-existing bladder cancer stage 4 and the cause of death is uremic sepsis secondary to complicated urinary tract infection,” Yumang said.

The other septuagenarian–a 71-year-old–had a travel history in Laguna and Metro Manila and arrived in this city on March 9.

“The patient had complaints on epigastric pain with shortness of breath and had undergone an operation at the Southern Philippines Medical Center,” she said.

The patient died from septic shock secondary to generalized peritonitis secondary to perforated peptic ulcer disease.

Yumang said the sexagenarian patient–a 68-year-old Korean businessman–had a travel history in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Manila and arrived on March 9 in the country.

“The patient developed fever, chills, and cough,” she added, without elaborating the cause of death.

The DOH has earlier reported to have 54 PUIs confined at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City and Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.

It also revealed that 31 PUIs have been discharged as of Wednesday, according to DOH-Davao.

The DOH-Davao did not disclose where the three patients were admitted.-Newsline with PNA report

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