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DOH TO LOOK INTO COVID-19 CASES OF MOMS TO-BE, NEWBORNS
By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020
During Gov. Gwen Garcia’s regular visual presser on May 19, DOH 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas said the cases of mothers who just gave birth and a newborn found positive of Covid-19 will be investigated by the DOH. (Junjie Mendoza)

The Department of Health (DOH) 7 will investigate the cases of four mothers who just gave birth and a newborn were found positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

During Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's regular virtual presser on Tuesday, May 19, DOH 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas committed to ask a report from Talisay District Hospital on these cases.

“Ato nang tan-awon ang circumstances unsay nahitabo, kanus-a na diagnose nga naay Covid, kanus-a gi-swab nga naay Covid, unya nganong gibutang sa ilang diagnosis nga Covid nga nanganak raman," he said.

Bernadas added that based on set protocols, PCR testing or swab tests will only be done on those who manifested the Covid-19 symptoms. Ordinary labor situations do not require the swab tests.

On May 18, Garcia reported that out of the 10 latest cases for the Province, four were mothers fresh from giving birth and one was a newborn from Toledo City.

“Ato pud na himuon nga case investigation kay lagi wa man evidence nga ma-transmit na siya sa mother to fetus o intra-utero. Walay evidence ana og walay study nag-indicate nga mapasa na didto sa sabakan,” Bernadas explained.

Bernadas added it requires time for the virus to penetrate the body and for it to multiply enough to be detected by the PCR test.

Meanwhile, Garcia reported that 218 swabs were taken to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) sub-national laboratoty - 46 were positive and 172 turned out negative. 

Of the 46, three are from Cebu Province - two in Talisay City and one repeat test from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center; and 22 from Cebu City. Mandaue City also recorded 21 new cases, 18 of which from Mandaue City Jail.

Garcia asked Cebuanos not to discriminate residents of a town or city with records of Covid-19 cases.

This as she received reports of a company in Balamban disallowing their employees from Toledo City to work and Samboan residents banned from purchasing essential supplies in Santander just because Toledo City and Samboan each recorded one Covid-19 case.

"Hangyo ko, ayaw ninyo lisud-lisura ang kinabuhi sa inyong mga kaigsuonan na Sugbuanon tungod lang kay dunay positive. Ayaw tagai ug dugang pang kalisod ato mga kaigsuonan tungod lang kay nahimo nang unreasonable atong kahadlok sa Covid-19," Garcia said. (Mylen Manto)