The provincial health office is seeking clarification from the Department of Health (DOH) on the case of a COVID-19 positive patient confined at the Ospital Ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC) whose case was listed in the tracking record of Palawan.

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro provincial health officer (PHO), said they are coordinating with the DOH to remove the case from the Palawan tracker report, which currently shows two cases of confirmed COVID-19 infection.

She said that since the patient, while a resident of Palawan, was diagnosed and is under treatment in Metro Manila, the case should not be recorded in Palawan.

“Ang DOH MIMAROPA na mismo ang nakikipag-ugnayan sa DOH National upang hindi maibilang sa Palawan ang naturang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 dahil hindi naman ito actual patient sa lalawigan,” Navarro said.

Noel Orosco, regional epidemiologist of the Department of Health (DOH), said the 34-year old female COVID-patient was recorded under Palawan merely because of the patient’s residency.

“Common kasi sa National Capital Region (NCR) na pag tinanong kung anong province nila, kahit hindi na sila doon nakatira, hindi nila kakalimutan kung ano ang province nila. Direct kasi ang mga hospitals sa Manila sa pagbigay ng information sa national kaya di na dumadaan sa Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU),” he said.

(With reports from Ruth Rodriguez and Celeste Anna Formoso)

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