A MEMBER of the National Capital Region Police Office on Tuesday passed away after battling a COVID-19-triggered pneumonia making him the 13th Philippine National Police fatality from the killer virus, officials said yesterday.
Staff Sergeant Edgardo Medrano, assigned at the Manila Police District headquarters died due to acute pneumonia brought about by COVID-19 virus infection while undergoing treatment at the C.T. Reyes Hospital in Tanauan City in Batangas, said National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold M. Sinas.
“We are mourning the loss of another comrade due to the virus,” said Sinas as he ordered all necessary assistance for the 46-year-old fallen cop’s bereaved family.
As of Wednesday evening, there were already a total of 2,732 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the PNP with 1,800 already recovered since last March. The PNP Health Service headed by Brigadier Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr. is also monitoring the cases of 746 Probable Persons Under Investigation and 2,0203 other Suspected PUIs on the police force.
The PNP-HS said it recorded 111 new COVID-19 cases on the force on Wednesday, the biggest number so far with 43 of them coming from the NCRPO; 40 from the Police Regional Office 4-B in Mimaropa region; 12 from the PRO4-A in Calabarzon region; 2 each from the Special Action Force and Anti-Cybercrime Group; and 1 each from the Engineering Service, Health Service, Civil Security Group, Aviation Security Group, Maritime Group, Police Security and Protection Group, PRO7 in Central Visayas, PRO8 in Eastern Visayas, PRO9 in Western Mindanao, PRO Cordillera and PRO Bangsamoro Administrative Region in Muslim Mindanao.
According to the NCRPO, SSgt. Medrano was admitted to the Tanauan City hospital last July 23 due to fever, shortness of breath and cough. He underwent a swab test the following day, the positive result of which was released last July 25.
Sinas said that an attending physician requested a repeat swab test last July 31 and the result which was released last August 3 showed the cop was negative for the virus already.
However, the policeman was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit, was intubated and hooked to a mechanical ventilator last August 5 due to persistent severe respiratory distress and decreased oxygen level.
During his scheduled dialysis around 7 p.m. Tuesday, the policeman was pronounced dead. Doctors said he died of “Acute Respiratory Failure Secondary to Confirmed Covid Pneumonia Critical with Co-morbidity, DM Type 2 poorly controlled.”
SSgt. Medrano became the 3rd member of the NCRPO to die from COVID-19.
Sinas said that at present, they are currently strictly implementing health protocols geared at curbing the spread of the virus among their personnel.
“We are continuously building special care facilities to monitor the physical well-being of our police officers and men and providing them necessary protective equipment they need in rendering their duties,” the official said.
The 12th PNP fatality was described as a 49-year-old personnel of the PNP Finance Service who expired around 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday last week in a private hospital.
The 11th fatality was identified as a 49-year-old male Non-Commissioned Officer from the Northern Police District who expired last July 24. The 10th is a 46-year-old Police Commissioned Officer assigned at the PNP national headquarters who expired in a hospital two Wednesdays ago.