45 police personnel considered PUIs, 615 under monitoring

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

FORTY-FIVE police personnel have been listed as patients under investigation (PUI) for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while 615 others are considered persons under monitoring (PUM), Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Gamboa said on Wednesday.

Gamboa said the PNP Health Service is keeping a tab on these personnel who might have been infected with the novel coronavirus.

He said they were strictly following the protocols of the Department of Health in handling PUIs and PUMs.

A PUI is a person who has developed symptoms of Covid-19 and either has travel history or exposure to a confirmed case or both. A PUM is a person with travel history or exposure to a Covid-19 case, but has not developed symptoms.

Gamboa said that based on the recommendation of the PNP Health Service, a PNP-wide biosafety plan is now being implemented in Camp Crame and all PNP camps.

The plan includes the possible setting up of decontamination procedure for personnel returning to stations from field duty.

“We are instituting strict measures to prevent its (Covid-19)spread among our back end and front line personnel, such as provision of minimum personal protective equipment (PPE) for all frontline personnel; continuous contact tracing and self-quarantine; stringent social distancing including maximum use of teleconferencing of key leaders,” said Gamboa.

“Be assured that I’m doing everything in my power to provide you with all necessary support and resources to ensure your health and safety as you do your job in the best way possible. I expect all leaders at all levels to do the same for all personnel under their command,” he added.

He also thanked the men and women of the PNP at the frontlines for their continuous and tireless service to the public.

“To the men and women of the PNP at the frontlines, as your father, I couldn’t thank you more for your service and sacrifice. Your health and safety are always in my thoughts and prayers,” said Gamboa.

“In these difficult times, the rest of the Filipino people expects no less than our level best. And with God and the people on our side, we will surely overcome,” he added.

As of March 24, there have been 552 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, with 35 mortalities.

Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the new coronavirus has infected 372,757 persons and killed 16,231 individuals as of March 24, 2020. (SunStar Philippines)