Mayor BCL responding well to pneumonia treatment
DAGUPAN City Mayor Brian Lim is responding well to the treatment protocol being given him by his doctors at the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Medical Hospital where he has been confined since May 25 for COVID-19.
This was the latest medical update as of May 27 released by Drs. Jennifer Ann Wi, a pulmonologist; and Marcelino Bartolome, an infectious disease specialist, posted on social media by the city’s Public Information Office.
The doctors said baseline laboratory markers for COVID-19 were done. Treatment was started upon admission and as of May 27, Mayor Lim was responding well to the current anti-viral medication being given to him.
At the same time, oxygenation is adequate with minimal 02 support.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lim is in isolation and is expected to complete the antibiotic/antiviral treatment for pneumonia and the required quarantine protocol.
On May 25, Mayor Lim in a video posted on social media disclosed his COVID-19 infection as expected of him as “a public servant and in the interest of transparency and public disclosure, having tested positive of the disease”.
He said when he realized he was exposed to a person two days earlier who tested positive for the virus, he decided to be quarantined at home initially where he tested negative in an antigen test.
But he also took RT-PCR test to further confirm if he was he was not infected, this time the test showed he tested positive but was asymptomatic.
On May 26, the PIO announced that the mayor sought admission in a local hospital the night before where he was confirmed to be suffering from a mild pneumonia and he was advised to be confined so his mild pneumonia can be treated and prevent his case from growing to a major COVID case.
Meanwhile, City Administrator Vladimir Mata announced in a TV interview that since the mayor is suffering from only mild symptoms of the disease, there is no need to turnover his power to Vice Mayor Bryan Kua, and he can still review as he can still sign documents that need his attention.
According to him, it is business as usual at City Hall and announced that the second floor of City Hall where Mayor Lim is holding office has been disinfected.
While this was going on, an intensive contact tracing was launched to identify and isolate the persons with whom the mayor had a close contact.
At the Sangguniang Panlungsod zoom session on May 27 presided by Vice Mayor Dean Bryan Kua, City Secretary Ryan Ravanzo announced that Councilor Celia Lim, the mayor’s mother, is on leave. (Leonardo Micua)
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