MINSA: Press Release #33

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Saturday March 28, 2020
MINSA reaffirms the importance of complying with the national quarantine

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) would like to emphasize to the public that they must stay at home, adhere to the quarantine, and continue with the established hygiene measures, such as constant hand washing: the best weapons to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

MINSA has also reported that in order to expand the coverage of the health service network, it has called for the appointment of 57 Panamanian doctors in internal medicine, pulmonology, anesthesiology, critical therapy and intensive care, and general medicine.

To date, 98 nurses have been appointed, reinforcing the health care network. However, it is clarified that, in there are not enough Panamanian professionals, the government will make an exception permitting temporarily hiring of foreign professionals in order to guarantee patient care.

MINSA reported that the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT-AIP) has offered a thousand units of media every day to be used to transport viral samples for COVID-19 tests, which will allow coverage of a greater number of symptomatic and exposed people.

The Official Gazette published Executive Decree No. 513 on March 27th, 2020, which modifies article 9 of Executive Decree No. 507 of 2020, which suspended administrative procedures so that contractor selection processes are now excepted from this suspension.

Epidemiological monitoring

To date, a total of 54 people have been placed in hotels suited for monitoring positive COVID-19 patients.

At the end of the afternoon, MINSA reported the accumulation of a total of 901 COVID-19 positive patients, of which 512 (56.8%) are male and 389 (43.2%) are female. 5,762 tests have been performed nationwide.

To date, 4 patients have recovered (0.4%) and 17 deaths have been recorded (1.8%).

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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