The two injured bombing victims who remained in serious condition at the Polymedic Plaza Hospital have passed away bringing the total number of fatalities to eight.
The local government promised to shoulder the medical expenses incurred in the care of the victims. The PCCP officers and board of directors, as well as the PCCP Northern Mindanao Chapter have provided additional financial support to the families of the fatalities.
A debriefing for all of those affected by this incident, including all physicians and our pharmaceutical industry partners, will he held at 2 to 4 pm today, July 29, 2013 at the Audiovisual Room of the Lung Center of the Philippines.
On July 26, 2013 at around 11:10 p.m. an explosion occurred at Kyla’s Bistro and Candy’s Café at Rosario Arcade, LimKetKai, Cagayan de Oro City. There were three fatalities on site from the pharmaceutical industry. A civilian and a provincial board member were pronounced dead at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and CDO Medical Center respectively. Another fatality, a physician working with the pharmaceutical industry, eventually succumbed to injuries at the Capitol University Medical Center (CUMC). According to the authorities, initial reports appear to point to an explosive device that was left in the vicinity.
Immediately thereafter, the members of the PCCP board and the PCCP Northern Mindanao Chapter went to the three nearby hospitals where the injured were brought. These were Polymedic Velez Hospital, Polymedic Plaza Hospital and CUMC. This was to ensure the safety and account for all the members attending our 16th Midyear Chest Convention and to see what help could be offered to the injured. Other physicians from the PCCP, delegates of the convention and the local community and the pharmaceutical industry immediately extended various forms of assistance from triaging, management and patient transport.
A crisis management committee was convened to continuously monitor the situation and extend all necessary support to the injured.
It was decided to cancel the remainder of our convention while the investigation is still ongoing.
An early general meeting was called to disseminate a statement summarizing the events and the decisions and correct any misinformation.
As of noon of July 27, 2013 two patients remain in critical condition. Four patients with less serious injuries remain hospitalized in stable condition.