MINSA: Press Release #30

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Thursday, March 26, 2020  

Ministry of Health and Caja de Seguro Social strengthen health care capacity

The National Government reports that, as of today, the network of laboratories for the detection of COVID-19 has been expanded. These are seven new facilities for test analysis. In addition, private medical centers have been added to the network: the Punta Pacifica Hospital and the Panama Clinic, the Hospital Nacional and Laboratorio Fernández.

These new units will collaborate with the existing laboratories located at the Caja de Seguro Social Complex, at the National Oncological Institute and at the Luis “Chicho” Fábrega Hospital, in the Veraguas province.

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed the delivery of five humidifiers to the Nicolás A. Solano Hospital in La Chorrera, and eight to the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital, in the San Miguelito District.

To expand the radius of the “Protégete Panamá” (Protect yourself Panama) plan and to decongest state hospital centers, MINSA has set up a hemodialysis unit in Río Hato, Coclé province, which will attend to patients with chronic kidney failure.

Epidemiological report

Until today, Thursday, March 26, 4,856 tests have been carried out (608 new ones), and 674 accumulated positive cases have been recorded, of which 374 are men and 300, women.

580 patients are in home isolation (86.5%), while 83 are hospitalized (60 in the ward and 23 in the intensive care unit), which represents 12.3%,. There have been nine deaths.

The population is asked not to leave their homes and to comply with the national quarantine. The National Government will impose the sanctions established in Executive Decree 507 that seeks to preserve peace, health and safety throughout the country.

All of the official information regarding the novel coronavirus in Panama and the actions that the national government has taken are communicated on MINSA social media accounts and on the web pages (www.minsa.gob.pa and https://yomeinformopma.org/ ). They are also available on our hotline by dialing 169 or WhatsApp number 6997-2539.

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