THE Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas has debunked reports circulating online that some patients under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have died from the new illness while in hospitals.
Jaime Bernadas, DOH-Central Visayas director, said he was able to check the records of four of the alleged Covid-19 fatalities and found out that two of them already tested negative for Covid-19.
The remaining two samples are now at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center sub-national laboratory for testing.
One of the four alleged fatalities was a senior citizen who died of multiple complications, including community acquired pneumonia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary tuberculosis.
Another case was that of a 67-year-old PUI who died of multiple complications.
Bernadas said the patient's final diagnosis was sudden cardiac death.
The same goes for the third PUI, a 40-year-old patient who died of sepsis, tuberculous arthritis, liver failure, and anemia, as well as the fourth PUI, a 71-year-old who also died because of various pre-existing diseases, including status asthmaticus (asthma).
"Kato silang tanan tungod kay gibutang sa attending physician nga Covid suspect, gikuhaan og swab. Apan, dili tanan nga muingon mo nga namatay tungod sa Covid (Swab samples were taken from all the four patients because they were considered as Covid-19 suspects by the attending physician, but you cannot say that they died from Covid-19)," he said. (WBS)