55 PNP personnel COVID-positive

TWENTY-SIX more police personnel have been confirmed to be COVID-19-positive bringing to 55  the total number of Philippine National Police uniformed and non-uniformed men found afflicted by the deadly virus and who are now being taken care of by the PNP Health Service, officials said yesterday.

According to PNP-HS director, Brigadier General Herminio S. Tadeo Jr., four other policemen have recovered from the virus bringing to eight the total number of recoveries they have recorded since last month.

Sixteen of the 21 are male police personnel while three are policewomen and two are Non-Uniformed Personnel who are all assigned in the metropolis. The other five includes two from Laguna, one from Muntinlupa City; one from Taguig City; and one from Bulacan province.

Tadeo said those who have recovered already from the disease are PNP Patient No. 4, a 53-year old policeman from Marikina; PNP Patient No.6, a 52-year old policeman from Caloocan City; PNP Patient No. 7, a 46-year old policeman from Quezon City; and PNP Patient No. 10, a 42-year old policeman from Ilocos Norte. All were already discharged from the hospital, he said.

The PNP-HS director also recorded a total of 254 PNP personnel who are categorized as Probable Persons Under Investigation (Probable PUIs) including 29 Police Commissioned Officers, 214 Police Non-Commissioned Officers and 11 Non-Uniformed Personnel while a total of 348 personnel were recommended as Suspected Persons Under Investigation (Suspected PUIs) broken down into 102 PCOs, 218 PNCOs and 28 NUPs.

Tadeo said that a total of 456 personnel, 163 of them Probable PUIs and 158 Suspected PUIs have completed self/home quarantine already.

SINAS SAYS 11 MEN VIRUS-POSITIVE

National Capital Region Police Office director, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas confirmed that two more NCRPO personnel are COVID-19 positive bringing to 11 the total of Metro Manila policemen afflicted by the virus.

Sinas said that NCRPO Patient Number 10 is assigned in Quezon City while while Patient Number 11 is assigned in Manila.

He said that Patient 10 was recently confined at Hope General Hospital and is in stable condition while Patient 11 has an improved condition but still with evidence of pneumonia in his latest x-ray.

Both patients are accomodated at NCRPO's Special Care Facilities before they were tested and their results yielded positive.

"In our Special Care Facilities (SCF), our personnel are monitored and attended with their special needs. We provide them with the necessary healthcare interventions for monitoring and recovery," Sinas said.

Sinas has ordered all personnel who might have direct contact with the patients to report to their respective District Health Service for evaluation and possible accomodation at the SCF for monitoring.

"Right now, we are conducting contact tracing, and we are also coordinating with the respective City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) for the conduct swabbing on our personnel with direct contact with our positive patients,” the official said.

"With the extended implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine, the exposure of our front-liners to the virus is also extended . Therefore, Team NCRPO vows to provide them with ample supply of personal protective equipment, food, vitamins and alcohol on a regular basis. On the other hand, we also guarantee that our  patients are given appropriate health assistance because at the end of the day, our personnel's health is our wealth," he added.

The official has reminded all his unit commanders not to send their people home if they had exposure to the virus and suffering from cold and flu and classified as PUMs who need to undergo home quarantine.

Sinas has ordered the installation of CCTV cameras in their SCF to monitor their personnel while they are inside the quarantine areas.

"The CCTV cameras showing the real-time and actual events happening at a certain location will give a glimpse of the situation happening with our patients. It will be a big help for us to see whether all of the isolated personnel are practicing the prescribed social distance even without medical officers,"he said.

"With the installation of cameras, our primary objective is to enable the medical practitioners to see the real-time and actual events happening at the facilities for their immediate action/response. If ever our personnel recover from the symptoms or if their case worsens, we will have a record of all their activities and actions to be evaluated by the authorities," Sinas added.