Kalibo, Aklan–Three doctors of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital, a Covid-19 referral facility in Kalibo, have been confirmed COVID-positive.
Another doctor who is the wife of one of the COVID-positive physicians at the Aklan provincial hospital also tested positive. She works at an undisclosed private hospital.
In other related news, a 49-year old employee of a Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Libacao Aklan also tested positive on Covid-19 last Monday, along with eight other individuals who were exposed to the virus, causing the operations of the rural health unit to be temporarily suspended.
However, despite the temporary suspension of the RHU which started on February 9, the Public Health Office-Aklan is continuing with the roll-out of measles, rubella, and polio supplemental immunization activities in the barangays. The lockdown will be lifted by February 19.
The Aklan Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit reported 47 new cases of infection from February 7 to February 13 as Aklan’s confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed to 677.
23 people recorded died due to the Covid-19 and 597 recoveries. Kalibo tallied 14 fatalities followed by Numancia with 4, while Madalag, Buruanga, Libacao, Malay, and Lezo had one COVID-19 death each.
With the increasing average of new COVID-19 cases daily by two-digit, the pandemic is far from over, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. said.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO)-Aklan warned the public for becoming complacent. Saying the public should continue to observe the minimum health and safety guidelines imposed by the authorities.
Since the start of the pandemic, the PHO-Aklan has advised the public to stay vigilant and practice safety health protocols. Especially the wearing of a mask and shield, washing of hands, and observing practical, social distancing.
“Even when the vaccines are becoming widely available, you must not lower your guard in this health crisis,” Cuachon said.
Source: (Boy Ryan Zabal/INews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)