A 36-YEAR-OLD overseas Filipino worker (OFW) died of a heart attack while in quarantine in one of Lapu-Lapu City’s isolation facilities on Friday, March 19, 2021.
Ramon Castro, who hailed from Toledo City, was set to be released after completing his 14-day quarantine at the isolation facility situated at the Hoopsdome in Barangay Gun-ob when he suddenly suffered a fatal heart attack.
Health personnel told Superbalita Cebu that Castro was just sitting on his cot while he and a fellow patient were waiting to be re-swabbed as a requirement for their release when he suddenly fell unconscious.
Castro’s fellow patients at the isolation facility attempted to help him, even going so far as breaking the facility’s glass door to get him medical attention.
The Hoopsdome only has one entrance and exit and is guarded by a nurse.
But Castro died after he was brought to the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital.
Following the incident, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan ordered to have the isolation center’s layout expanded and to increase the number of personnel there.
Chan had planned to meet with patients to discuss the plan to extend the isolation facility’s layout but Friday’s incident overtook them.
“I see no liability on the part of our isolation facility managers. It was truly an accident and we didn’t know beforehand that he had heart problems. When he came to our isolation facility, he was asymptomatic and there was no sign that he had difficulty breathing,” Chan said in Cebuano.
Upon verification of the isolation facility’s daily monitoring, Chan said he found that Castro had normal vital signs.
Castro was set to go back to the Middle East to work and had to undergo a swab test before he was allowed to travel.
Chan said while Castro was waiting for a swab test, he was placed in one of the city’s hotels.
Days later, Castro was found positive of Covid-19 and was transferred to the Hoopsdome for isolation.
Chan said he also plans to establish an “exercise area” at the Hoopsdome.
He also assured that he will shoulder Castro’s funeral expenses and will have his remains delivered to his family in Toledo City. (GCM / JKV)