By Ralph Lawrence G. Llemit
THE Mati City Government in Davao Oriental has had zero Covid-19 active cases since December 20, 2021.
“Medyo happy-happy gyud ang atong Christmas kay wala nama’y Covid case gyud… Unta hangtod New Year na ni nga wala’y active cases (It’s a slightly happy Christmas for us since we don’t have any recorded Covid cases. Hopefully we would enjoy the zero active cases until New Year),” Mati Information Officer Ben Tesiorna said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio on Thursday afternoon, December 23.
Tesiorna said the recent developments signify an improving Covid-19 situation.
However, the city, on December 21, recorded its first Covid-positive health worker who succumbed to complications.
Tesiorna said the dead patient is a 23-year old male health worker in Mati, becoming the 102nd Covid-confirmed death.
The late health worker is from Barangay Dahican who was first infected with Covid-19 on August 27, 2021 and had recovered from the infection. He was re-infected on December 15 and was rushed to the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City for admission.
Tesiorna said he died in the said hospital due to a complication called tension pneumothorax. MC-2264 was the first health worker to have died and was fully vaccinated.
His death was however confirmed to have not been caused by the Covid-19 but due to the complication.
Tension pneumothorax is a life-threatening condition that develops when air is trapped in the pleural cavity under positive pressure, displacing mediastinal structures and compromising cardiopulmonary function.
Meanwhile, he said cases in the city continue to improve due to the rising number of vaccinated Matinians.
As of December 21, 2021, the city is at 78.26% of its target population of 107,442, with the remaining 23,353 Matinians still unvaccinated. RGL