PANDI, Bulacan — The local chief executive of this town wants COVID-19 patients to complete its quarantine time in a facility before being sent home by health officials.
This, after a COVID-19 patient from this town that was admitted at the Baliwag District Hospital was released and sent home without undergoing a second laboratory test for the viral disease, Mayor Rico Roque told RONDA BALITA Online.
The incident sparked mixed reactions of anxiety and fear among residents and officials of the town.
Roque said the patient was admitted in the said hospital and tested positive for the disease on March 27, however, after several days the patient was already asymptomatic and was given the go signal to go home without undergoing a second confirmatory laboratory tests.
On Tuesday, Roque said that he was caught off guard when he learned that the patient was already in his house and was not placed in a quarantine facility.
The mayor pointed out that health officials of the hospital and the Provincial Health Office should have at least informed the local government of Pandi on the situation of the patient, since the town has already a quarantine facility in Barangay Poblacion where the patient can stay until the results of final COVID-19 confirmatory laboratory test is concluded.
It was learned that the PHO allegedly allowed the Baliwag District Hospital to discharge a COVID-19 patient after it was already asymptomatic.
Nakakadismaya dahil kami dito sa munisipyo ay ginagawa namin ang lahat ng guidelines, di man lang kami inabisuhan nang mapaghandaan namin ang mga kinakailangang gawin sa pasyente. Para saan pa itong quarantine facility namin?,” Mayor Roque said.
“The hospital officials should have waited for the final negative results for the viral disease of the patient and should have not given an option of a strict home quarantine,” Roque lamented.
The said option should be implemented by the local government unit if it has no quarantine facility, but in this case, the town has already an operating quarantine facility where the patient should have been brought until completely recovered before being sent home, Roque stressed.
As of Tuesday (April 7), Pandi town has 19 person under investigation (PUI) and 10 cleared; 744 person under monitoring with 634 cleared.