A Mindanao-based policeman last July 20 died from severe medical condition and confirmed COVID-19 making him the 15th member of the Philippine National Police to succumb to the killer virus since last March, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
The victim was Corporal Magdar Sali, a 52-year- old member of the Panglima Sugala Municipal Police Station in Tawi-Tawi.
The policeman passed away while under confinement at the Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital due to acute myocardial infraction. The other significant conditions which contributed to his death were confirmed COVID-19, severe pneumonia and diabetes.
Cpl. Sali was subjected to a swab test last July 14, with a positive result released 13 days later. It was only last August 18 that the nurse-in-charge of the Tawi-Tawi Provincial Health Service received the result of the RT-PCR test and the copy of the policeman’s death certificate, which were forwarded to Camp Crame.
On Thursday, the PNP recorded its 14th COVID-19 death since last March after it confirmed the passing away of a member of the PNP Aviation Security Group who contracted the killer virus last August 12.
PNP spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said that the 14th fatality is a 45-year old male non-commissioned officer. The cop’s death was reported more than a week after that of the 13th fatal victim, Staff Sergeant Edgardo Medrano of the Manila Police District headquarters.
The PNP Health Service headed by Brig. Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr. said that as of 6 p.m. Thursday they have recorded 55 new COVID-19 cases in the PNP, 27 of them coming from the NCRPO.
The others are the following: 3 from the PNP National Headquarters; 1 from a PNP National Administrative Support Units; 9 from different PNP National Operational Support Units; 3 from the Police Regional Office 4 in Calabarzon region; 5 from the PRO6 in Western Visayas; 2 each from the PRO7 in Central Visayas, Cordilera region and Bangsamoro Administrative Regin; and 1 from the PRO8 in Eastern Visayas.
As of yesterday, the PNP-HS said there are a total of 3,153 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the PNP with 751 other policemen described as Probable Persons Under Investigation and 2,546 others as Suspected PUIs.
Since last March, a total of 2,283 police personnel who contracted the disease have already recovered.