February 3, 2023

Six out of eight Covid-19-related deaths in Benguet are mostly elders with existing medical conditions, according to records of the Provincial Health Office.

This month alone, the Benguet PHO added that three elders who are immuno-compromised died due to the virus infection.

Most recent is the 75-year-old female from La Trinidad who was admitted at Benguet General Hospital on Oct. 2 but died on Oct. 12. The patient had community-acquired pneumonia. Two other elderlies coming from the same town also died of the infection.

These include a 62-year-old female who died on Oct. 11 after she was admitted on Oct. 5 and turned out positive for Covid-19 two days later. She was also diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia.

The other case involved an 84-year-old male who had other medical conditions and turned positive for Covid-19 on Sept. 28 and died on Oct. 10.

The fifth Covid-19-related death was an 82-year-old female from Buguias who died on Oct. 9. The patient had acute respiratory failure and had other comorbidities.

Two more patients from La Trinidad who had multiple organ failure and diabetes also died of the infection.

Benguet recorded its first Covid-19-related death in August involving a 58-year-old male from Itogon who had an underlying illness. The second fatality was a 75-year-old male, who was earlier diagnosed to be infected with cellulitis.

As of Oct. 14, Benguet recorded 488 cases with 166 active cases, 314 total recoveries and eight deaths.

BeGH Chief Meliarazon Dulay said patients with symptoms, comorbidities and immunocompromised individuals who turned out positive of the virus are admitted at the provincial hospital.

Those asymptomatic are being placed in temporary treatment and isolation facilities identified by the municipal health offices. – Ofelia C. Empian