MINSA: Press Release #36

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
MINSA has appointed 302 health professionals to strengthen the health system

Today a proposal for a decree was presented to the Cabinet Council that would temporarily give credentials from the Technical Health Council to doctors and related professionals who will complete their academic training in 2020. This would expand the availability of health professionals needed by patients in critical condition.

To date, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has appointed 91 doctors, 112 nurses, 24 technicians and 75 health promoters to increase the response capacity of the health system throughout the country.

The MINSA enabled at the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, located in front of the Technological University of Panama, on the Centenario Road, as a service center with 10 offices, to triage (sort) people who present symptoms such as dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.

In its second phase, this facility will have a hospitalization room with 50 beds and a semi-intensive care unit, equipped with 10 additional beds and fans.

Epidemiological data

As of today, Tuesday, March 31st, 6,944 tests have been carried out, of which 1,181 were positive (17%) and 5,763 were negative (83%).

To date, a total of 1,181 cases have been registered, of which 106 are new.

There are 969 patients in home isolation, 123 are hospitalized in the ward and 50 are in the Intensive Care Unit. 30 deaths and 9 people recovered are reported.

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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