By Dhel Nazario
The Pasay City Government said Monday that the two Chinese men who were suspected of being novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases are not residents of the city.
Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano disclosed this based on the report given to her by the city’s health office.
Pasay City Health Office – City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) Surveillance Officer Miko Llorca said the 44-year old man who over the weekend was brought to a hospital in Pasay was a tourist and was just about to book a room at a hotel.
The man, Llorca said, was about to enter Sheraton Hotel when the hotel’s thermal scanner showed him to have signs of illness which are among the criteria for declaring a “person under investigation (PUI)” for possible coronavirus affliction.
He was referred by hotel personnel to a nearby hospital in Pasay and was later transferred to the San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) in Manila.
The other, a 27-year old man, who was said to have been confined at the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila and who reportedly said he was a resident of Pasay, is actually living in another Southern Metro Manila city.
Llorca said they have coordinated with the Regional ESU of the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the matter. He added that the results of the laboratory tests on the two patients are expected to be announced by the DOH in the coming days.
Pasay City Health Officer Dr. Cesar Encinares said they conducted last Jan. 25 a collaborative meeting on n-CoV with the Pasay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PCDRRMO), DOH, Pasay City General Hospital, Philippine Air Force General Hospital, San Juan de Dios Hospital, and Adventist Medical Center Manila.