February 3, 2023

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Eight patients have recovered from the Covid-19 this week.
Benguet General Hospital Chief of Hospital Meliarazon Dulay said as of July 23, eight patients were discharged after they tested negative for SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes the Covid-19, in their repeat swab test.  
Those who recovered from the infection include a 27-year-old male vendor from La Trinidad and a 53-year-old female from Bokod who were released on July 20 and 21, respectively. Both   had travel history to Metro Manila.  
Two patients were sent off on July 22, a 39-year-old male Barangay Health Emergency Response Team member from Tuba and a 72-year-old female resident of Barangay Ambassador, Tublay.
On July 23, four patients from La Trinidad were sent off – a 42-year-old male overseas Filipino worker and two of his close contacts.
The fourth patient to have recovered is a 33-year-old male police officer assigned at Camp Bado Dangwa.
As a tradition, the patients were given send-off ceremonies and were given fruit bearing tree seedlings and flowering plants from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist as a symbol of their recovery from the infection and a new life. The patients also received food packs from the Office of Benguet caretaker Eric Yap.
Ambulances or service vehicles from their respective local government units ferried the patients to their hometowns where they will stay isolated at their respective municipal or barangay isolation facilities for 14 days before they could home to their families.
The send-off ceremonies were attended by Gov. Melchor Diclas, Board Member Jim Botiwey, Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro, staff of the Benguet Caretaker, representatives from the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, and BeGH personnel led by Dulay.
With the recovery of the eight patients, Benguet is now left with four active cases admitted at the BeGH who are all in stable condition.
Benguet has 51 confirmed Covid-19 cases with two additional OFW repatriates who are not included in the provincial data.
Diclas  reiterated his appeal for the people of Benguet not to be complacent and should  strictly implement the minimum health protocols and guidelines such as wearing of facemasks, practicing physical distancing, observing proper hygiene and sanitation, and staying home  as  much as possible  to ensure safety from the possible transmission of the Covid-19. – Redjie M. Cawis