Frontliner beats virus

Frontliner beats virus

BAGUIO CITY — Another brave medical frontliner assigned at the Infectious Disease Building (IDB) of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) has defeated the coronavirus and returned to her family.

Karla Cosme Saja, 34-year-old nursing attendant, was admitted on 26 April after testing positive.

“Finally I’m cleared to go,” said Saja after the result of her third swab last 12 May came out negative.

Saja said she waited for weeks to finally get the negative result.

“If there’s something I learned from this pandemic is how to be brave for myself, family and co-workers,” Saja said. She also reminded her fellow healthcare workers to remain vigilant.

BGHMC staff lined up to give Saja a celebratory send-off.

In a gesture of appreciation, Saja stood from her wheelchair and joined her IDB family singing and dancing the ‘Fight Song’.

She said she will return after regaining her strength.

“We are happy and grateful that our last admitted healthcare worker is discharged today. We continue to hope and pray that our healthcare workers will continue to be safe and protected from this disease so that they may continue to serve the public,” said Randy Occidental, assistant chief nurse.

Dr. Ricardo Runez, the medical center chief, said that all nine recovered healthcare workers are completing the prescribed 14-day quarantine period while waiting for their next swab schedule before returning to work.

Baguio City has two remaining COVID19 cases.— Aldwin Quitasol /

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