January 31, 2023

Two nurses at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, a three-week-old infant, and a senior citizen were separately discharged last week after they have recovered from the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) infection.

On May 8, 22-year-old nurse Mae Anne Gabrielle Cachero, was discharged from BGHMC after she tested negative of the infection based on her second swab test result on May 6.

Cachero, who was the fifth healthcare worker to contract the infection, expressed her gratitude to the team of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who treated her for 17 days.

“This illness really affects everyone, the young, the old, the healthy, or not healthy. Wala po siyang pinipili. Let us all help each other to fight Covid, lagi po tayong mag-iingat at sundin ang mga payo ng ating mga health officials,” Cachero said in the send-off rites.

Also on May 8, the youngest Covid-19 patient in Baguio, who is a three-week-old female infant, has recovered from the infection and has been discharged at Pines City Doctors Hospital.

Dr. Donna Tubera-Panes of the City Health Services Office earlier reported that the infant was just eight-day-old when she contracted the infection.

Her parents tested negative for the Covid-19.

In another send-off rites on May 5, an emotional Jonover David shared his experience while going through series of tests and medications to fully recover from Covid-19 to his colleagues at BGHMC during his release at the hospital. 

David, who came out in public as a Covid-19 positive patient, said he was hesitant to reveal his identity fearing discrimination especially to his family members. But his worries turned out wrong, as the community supported him and his family while going through the ordeal. 

“I was very hesitant at first but when I came out in public with my situation, because I feared for my family, the opposite happened, napuno pa iyong refrigator namin ng blessings hindi gaya noong nasa bahay lang ako,” David said, grateful of the support of the people around him. 

The nurse thanked the doctors and staff of BGHMC who cared for him during his recovery. 

“Never silang nandiri sa akin noong nalaman nilang nag-positive ako at hindi ko narinig sa kanila na they blamed me with getting infected,” he said. 

David is the first nurse from BGHMC who tested positive for Covid-19 during a series of tests conducted to the frontliners in the hospital.  

“As one of the Covid-19 patients, I can say that my encounter with this disease caused me pain and struggles but beyond that, I have learned a lot of great things from it. That is why I always say that this crisis has its finest portrayal,” David said on his Facebook post.

On May 2, the oldest Covid-19 patient at 77 years old was also discharged from BGHMC.

The recovered patient was first admitted as a stroke patient before he tested positive of the infection. – Ofelia Empian