MANILA - Three patients on Friday were discharged from the Navotas City Hospital to the applause of health workers after recovering from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
An 81-year-old man from Barangay San Jose, a 60-year-old woman from Barangay NBBS Kaunlaran, and a 58-year-old man from Barangay NBBS Dagat-dagatan were given a clean bill of health after battling the disease for more than 2 weeks.
“These are our first recoveries at Navotas City Hospital and we are happy to send the patients home. We hope they and their families remain healthy and safe,” Mayor Toby Tiangco said in a statement.
“We congratulate and thank all of our health workers and city frontliners. I am sure you are as happy as the patients. Your hardwork and sacrifices have borne fruit. We know your work is physically, emotionally and mentally taxing. We assure you that you have the full support of our city government. We will fight COVID-19 together,” he added.
To date, 4 people in Navotas City have recovered from COVID-19. The first recovered patient was discharged from the Fe Del Mundo Medical Center.
Tiangco also warned the public that discriminating against COVID-19 patients is punishable under a city ordinance.
“COVID patients have already suffered enough. Discrimination against them is punishable by law. I will make sure that anyone who violates this ordinance shall be brought to justice,” he said.
Those who would be found violating the ordinance will be fined P1,000 to P5,000 or face imprisonment of up to 30 days.
NCH director Dr. Christia Padolina, also the city's health officer, urged Navoteños to observe proper hygiene, follow social distancing and stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Our frontliners are risking their lives to keep us safe from COVID-19. Let us help them fight this disease by staying home,” she said.
As of Friday, the number of coronavirus infection in Navotas is 19, with 6 deaths and 4 recoveries. The city is also monitoring 60 suspected and 64 probable cases of COVID-19.