A TOTAL of 3,532 members of the Philippine National Police who contracted the COVID-19 virus have already recovered from the disease, a report to PNP chief, General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan said yesterday.
The 3,532 were among the 4,947 police officers and men who were afflicted by the virus since last March. Of the total, 16 have died while the PNP Health Service headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronaldo E. Olay is still monitoring the cases of 737 Probable Persons Under Investigation and 3,147 other Suspected PUIs in the 209,000-strong police force.
PNP spokesman, Colonel Ysmael S. Yu said that the PNP-HS recorded the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in the force last Saturday with only six cases, five of them from the Police Regional Office 3 in Central Luzon and one from the PRO12 in Central Mindanao.
Last Friday, the PNP-HS recorded 73 new cases, the biggest of them coming from the National Capital Region Police Office with 31 followed by 11 from the PRO4-A in Calabarzon region; nine from the PRO6 in Western Visayas and six from different PNP National Administrative Support Units.
There were also four cases reported at the PRO10 in Northern Mindanao; three at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame; and one each from a National Operational Support Unit; PRO2 in Cagayan Valley; PRO3 in Central Luzon; PRO4-B in Mimaropa region; PRO5 in Bicol region; PRO7 in Central Visayas; PRO8 in Eastern Visayas; PRO9 in Western Mindanao; and PRO11 in Southern Mindanao.
The 16th PNP COVID-19 fatality was a 52-year old Police Non-Commissioned Officer assigned with the National Police Training Institute-National Training Center. The cop passed away last August 17.
Last July 20, a Mindanao-based policeman died due to severe medical condition and confirmed COVID-19 making him the 15th policeman to succumb to death after contracting the killer virus since last March.
The policeman is a a 52-year old member of the Panglima Sugala Municipal Police Station in Tawi-Tawi.
The cop passed away while under confinement at the Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital due to acute myocardial infraction. The other significant conditions which contributed to his death were confirmed COVID-19, severe pneumonia and diabetes.
The 14th fatality is a 45-year old male non-commissioned officer. The cop’s death was reported more than a week after the 13th fatality came from the Manila Police District headquarters.
The 12th PNP fatality was described as a 49-year old personnel of the PNP Finance Service who expired in a private hospital.
The 11th fatality was identified as a 49-year old male Non-Commissioned Officer from the Northern Police District who expired last July 24. The 10th is a 46-year old Police Commissioned Officer assigned at the PNP national headquarters who expired in a hospital two Wednesdays ago.
PNP chief, General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan has ordered the PNP-HS to further improve their handling of COVID-19 patients. The PNP is also coming up with more quarantine centers and testing hubs soon to cater to members of the force who have contracted the dreaded COVID-19 virus and need to undergo isolation and treatment.
At present, the PNP is already operating and managing seven quarantine and testing facilities in the country as part of supportive healthcare system for police front-liners who are involved in the government’s own battle against the pandemic.