Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— An unvaccinated pregnant woman and her 7-month-old unborn child died of COVID-19, September 5, the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) reported.
According to EOC-TF’s contact tracing investigation report, the woman started experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, colds, sore throat, and difficulty in breathing as early as August 27 but refused to see a doctor.
Her husband brought her to a private hospital after eight days of exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. When she was tested thru RT PCR, her result showed that she was positive for COVID-19.
EOC-TF urges pregnant and recently pregnant women to have themselves vaccinated, as they are more likely to experience severe illness due to Covid-19.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the benefits of the vaccine may be greatest for pregnant women at highest risk from Covid-19, such as frontline health workers, people living in areas of high transmission, and those with health conditions like hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes that add to their risk of severe disease.
If you are pregnant, the WHO and the Department of Health (DOH) have recommended you get any of the Covid-19 vaccines currently available.
The City’s vaccination drive prioritizes expecting mothers. Special lanes are provided for them for their convenience during vaccination.
Meanwhile, the City Government continues to strongly urge Bacolod residents to volunteer themselves for swabbing at the onset of symptoms appearing not more than four days of experiencing illness.
The Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient (BRO) Center offers free swabbing and RT-PCR tests for individuals experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.