December 10, 2022

Baguio City continues to contend with high incidence of death among its Covid-19 patients.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong called anew on residents to seek early medical attention at the first signs of Covid-19 infection and not wait for symptoms to become severe.

He said early consult would facilitate early detection and medical intervention and would prevent progression into severe stage and death.

He also urged those in the priority groups to grab the chance to get vaccinated as it lessens the chance of developing severe symptoms or dying.

Records of the City Health Services Office under Dr. Rowena Galpo showed the city recorded its highest case fatality rate (CFR) at 2.09 percent last May 20 with 247 deaths out of 11,814 cases.

In her situational report during the Covid-19 response planning session last May 21, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head, Dr. Donnabel Panes, said the city’s CFR is higher than the national rate of 1.69 percent.

Panes said more than half of the fatalities were aged 50 and above and that there were more males than females.

“These statistics puts the 50 and above age group at higher risk of death so we would want them to get vaccines to prevent severity and decrease chances of dying,” she said.

“As to men, we have to encourage them to take care of their health and to also get vaccinates when they get the chance.”

The highest number of deaths was recorded in April with 85 deaths or more than two deaths per day. Majority had comorbid conditions. – Aileen P. Refuerzo