‘Suob’ helps 9 jail guards, 18 inmates recover from COVID-19 in Bulacan


CITY OF MALOLOS — Governor Daniel R. Fernando believes that “Suob” or steam inhalation therapy helped nine jail guards and 18 inmates of the Bulacan Provincial Jail in their immediate recovery from COVID-19.

Suob therapy, a tradition and medicinal way of Filipino ancestors in treating themselves when ill-using a blanket to cover the body inhaling the smoke created from salted boiled water filled in a basin as nebulizer in the modern term.

“It was an alternative treatment I believe our inmates and jail guards in the provincial jail have done to help them to recover,” Fernando said.

It was learned that on July 17, 2020, 18 out of 21 inmates or Persons Deprive of Liberty (PDL)  and 3 out of 13 jail guards who underwent swab tests were found positive of coronavirus.

Ret. Col. Ferdinand Villanueva, head of the Provincial Civil Security and Jail Management Office said, the 18 COVID-19 positive inmates were placed in separate detention cell made as quarantine facility while the jail guards were brought to Bulacan Local Governance Center quarantine facility where they were all treated for 14 days.

Villanueva said, on July 23 the other 37 jail guards underwent swab testing after some of them showcased symptoms of fever and cough.

Six of them tested positive of said infectious disease and treated at the tower deck of the provincial jail made as quarantine facility while the 31 jail guards who were negative were advised to conduct 14-day quarantine at home.

Gov. Fernando advised them to undergo “suob” therapy method that will be done twice a day while treating in their respective quarantine facilities.

According to the governor, after 4-5 days of using suob therapy, the first and second batch of jail guards as well as the 18 inmates with symptoms and tested positive of COVID were now all asymptomatic.

It was also learned that on August 1, 2020, a rapid test was conducted and all tests turned out negative. (RONDA BALITA Online)  

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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