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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, May 28, 2020
Based on a report from the Provincial Health Office, Gov. Gwen Garcia presents that only 1.2 percent of the deaths among the Covid-19 cases in Cebu Province are caused by the coronavirus. Majority died due to the patients’ pre-existing conditions. (Lito Tecson)

Only few of the recorded deaths among the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Cebu Province died because of it. Majority of the deaths were caused by the patients’ pre-existing medical conditions.

Two of 18 deaths, or only 1.2 percent, identified to have Covid-19 as the cause of death, should shape “informed conclusion” among constituents on their perception of the pandemic.

The 18 deaths among the 126 Covid-19 cases in the Province have been recorded from March 23 to May 26. This covers only 14 percent of the total number of cases.

According to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in her virtual presser last May 27, “figures cannot lie” citing other health-threatening cases the public might analyze as well to allay fears of Covid-19 earlier thought to be virulent and thus, fatal.

“Basaha lang ang mga numero, ang mga datos kon unsa kaseryoso. Kon angay ba nato ning kahadlokan,” she said.

The two deaths that were found to have been caused directly by Covid-19 are that of a 38-year-old male in Dumlog, Talisay City and a 65-year-old male in Mantalongon, Dalaguete.

The other cases had pre-existing conditions like chronic kidney disease, acute renal failure due to lupus, myocardial infarction, Stage 4 rectal cancer, brain aneurysm, hypertension and diabetes mellitus, blunt trauma due to motor vehicular accident, typhoid fever and severe anemia, among others.

This is based on a report on “Summary of Deaths” presented by Dr. Cristina Giango, chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office. Of the 18 deaths, 15 are from the local government units (LGUs) and three from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC). 

Of the 2,316 total swab tests facilitated for the Province, 126 were found to be positive, accounting to 5.4 percent.

In a separate report on “Summary of Disposition of the 126 Cases,” it was found out that 12 cases, or 10 percent, were hospitalized in the different provincial and district hospitals, and one case under close monitoring at the CPDRC clinic for bronchial asthma.

There are 68 asymptomatic cases, or 54 percent, out of the 126 – 51 are in different quarantine facilities and 17 are at CPDRC Isolation facility. 

Some 27 cases, or 22 percent, have since recovered. Of these recoveries, eight are from the LGUs and 19 from CPDRC. 

Reports of Out-Patient cases attended to in Capitol-run hospitals reached 83 cases involving urinary tract infection (UTI), hypertension, abdominal complaints, acute gastroenteritis, diabetes mellitus, among others.

“Ato ning gi-report aron lang ta mahinumdom ba nga dili ra Covid-19 ang cases sa atong mga ospital,” Garcia stressed.

For admissions, a total of 35 cases are recorded as of May 26 involving hypertension, skin infection, diabetes, UTI, tuberculosis, anemia, dengue, and even cancer.

“Para mabalanse ni nato kon unsa ba kaseryoso ang Covid-19 ikumparar sa ubang mga sakit nga mas daghan pa ang kaso nga motakboy sad sa atong mga kaigsuonan,” she added.

For city and municipal health centers, total cases ranging from hypertension, skin infection, diabetes, UTI, upper respiratory tract infection, abdominal complaints, bronchitis, systemic viral infection, and pulmonary tuberculosis, among others, reached 351 for May 26 alone.

“Pila ra ni ka positive nato ron? Usa. Pila’y total nato gikan pa niadtong Marso kon diin nagsugod nga dunay positive case sa Province of Cebu? 126 gikan Marso 23 hangtod Mayo 26. Pila ang cases sa uban pang mga sakit nga gitratar sa atong RHUs (rural health units) as of May 26 alone? 351. Ang mga na-admit? Sixty. Basaha lang ang mga numero, i-analyze lang ang datos nga akong gipresentar ninyo aron inyong matimbang-timbang kon unsa ba gayod kaseryoso ang Covid-19 ug angay ba nga kita mahadlok. Duna baya’y lain pa nga sakit ug daghan pang nangasakit niining laing matang sa balatian,” she underscored.

As of May 26, Cebu Province recorded one new case, as the three others were retests, bringing the total now to 127. The patient is a 30-year-old female from Consolacion, now admitted at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

Total cases for the entire island of Cebu already reached 2,577 cases – 86 are from Lapu-Lapu City, 238 from Mandaue City, and 2,126 from Cebu City. (Eleanor Valeros)