PUIs, PUMs at PNP to get full medical attention

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has ordered full medical attention to members of the 205,000-strong police force who have been declared as Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) since police enforced a Luzon-wide Enhanced Quarantine Control two weeks ago.

Latest to be tested positive of Corona Virus 19 were a Police Non-Commissioned Officers assigned in a Camp Crame-based unit living in the northern part of Metro Manila and a Non-Uniformed Personnel assigned in Central Luzon.

The National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas has conducted a contact tracing of policemen who have met previously with the PNCO and required them to undergo a 14-day home quarantine.

Sinas has lauded Good Samaritans and other groups which have provided them Personnel Protective Equipment since they started manning Quarantine Control Points in Metro Manila and fully enforced curfew hours and social distancing measures.

The PNCO and his wife are already on quarantine when the former reportedly visited at least 14 local policemen in their station to explain an administrative matter.

As of yesterday, two ‘front-liners’ from the PNP have died after contacting the deadly Corona Virus 19 while doing their job.

The fatalities were PNP’s Patient Number 13 (PNP-13), a 46-year old policeman from Laguna and Patient No. 8, a 48-year old assigned in Metro Manila, said PNP Health Service director, Brigadier General Herminio S. Tadeo Jr.

Tadeo said that PNP-13 was listed as Person Under Monitoring who died last March 27 due to cardiac arrest. A post-mortem examination was done and the result of the swab test which was released on Thursday last week showed he was positive for  COVID-19.

On the other hand, PNP-8 died last Thursday. The PNP-HS director said that PNP-8 was on duty last March 19 when he experienced high fever and was immediately admitted to a local hospital. The cop tested positive of  the virus.

Gen. Gamboa extended his personal condolences to the bereaved families of the two policemen and assured them of full financial support and social benefits.

The PNP-HS said at least 15 policemen have tested positive of COVID-19. A total of 239 PNP personnel are already PUIs while 1,620 others are PUMs, said PNP spokesman, Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac.

Banac  said that the Kiangan Billeting Center in Camp Crame  has already admitted nine policemen listed as PUIs and who have been required to undergo self-quarantine.

Biosafety protocols such as decontamination and provision of minimum Personal Protective Equipment for all PNP health workers in the building is strictly being implemented, he said.