COVID-19 patient commits suicide inside hospital ward

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ANGELES CITY — An 80-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus has committed suicide in a ward in a private hospital in Angeles City Thursday night, June 18, 2020.

Authorities said nurses and hospital staff at the Angeles Medical Center found the victim’s body hanging with a pulsoximeter wire tied on the handle of the hospital’s closet past 11 p.m. Thursday.

The patient was brought to the hospital at 6:28 p.m. of June 13, 2020 due to community acquired pneumonia, moderate risk and considered suspect for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

On June 18, physicians informed the patient he is positive for the new virus.

Hospital personnel were conducting a routine inspection before they discovered that the victim’s room was locked. The patient even blocked the ward’s door with a table to prevent hospital staff from entering the room.

After forcibly opening the ward door, the nurses tried to revive the victim, who was already unresponsive, but to no avail. The patient’s attending physician reportedly prevented policemen from conducting crime scene investigation to minimize persons getting in contact with the deceased.

Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said the City Government is conducting contact tracing to identify all the persons the patient had contact with several days before he was admitted to the hospital.

The mayor reminded his constituents to observe safety protocols, including staying at home, social distancing, and the wearing of face masks, because the threat of the coronavirus still exists.

He said the city recorded 26 Covid-19 cases, with 23 recovered patients and two deaths as of Friday, June 19, after having no active cases in the past seven days.

Individuals suffering from depression and needing such assistance may call HopeLine Hotlines at (02) 804-HOPE (4673); 0917 558 HOPE (4673); and 2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers).


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