MINSA: Press Release #34

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Sunday March 29, 2020
The National Government announces a new component in the “Protégete Panamá” Plan

The National Government reports that, to reinforce the “Protégete Panamá” (Protect Yourself Panama) Plan, a mental health component will be added to the R.O.S.A. platforms and the 169 phone hotline. It will be attended by psychiatrists and psychologists from the Ministry of Health, the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) and the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES).

The MINSA set up a care unit at the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, located on the Centenario Road for people in the metropolitan area who present virus symptoms and respiratory conditions.

It is also reported that the health of the four patients who have left the Intensive Care Units is improving; one of them is in the hospital ward and the other three are already at home.

The MIDES and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) reported on the implementation of the “Panamá Solidario” (Panama Solidarity) Plan. In a first phase, execution has been prioritized in the towns with the highest multidimensional poverty index.  Communities in the province of Colón, San Miguelito and Panamá Oeste were reached in the last 24 hours.

Epidemiological report

As of today, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 989 positive cases are counted in total, of which 88 are new cases.

820 people are quarantined at home and 141 are hospitalized. Of the total hospitalized, 105 are in the ward and 36 in the intensive care unit. 24 deceased and 4 recovered patients are reported.

To date, 6,160 tests have been carried out throughout the country, of which 85% have been negative. Panama continues to lead the Central American region in the number of tests applied as a strategy to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus.

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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