MINSA: Press Release #38

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
MINSA authorizes pharmacies to accept electronic prescriptions

The “Protégete Panamá” (Protect Panama) Plan is strengthened by actions led by the Ministry of Health's (MINSA) Pharmacy and Drugs department which established mechanisms so that doctors in the public and private sectors can use technological means to send prescriptions to the pharmacy of the patient's choice.

This authorizes public and private pharmacies to dispense medications, through prescriptions sent by available technological means.

The MINSA carried out, last January, a drug bid for 66 million balboas. To date, 326 products have been obtained (representing payments of 12 million balboas) which will be used for treatments related to diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia.

Promotion and protection of public health

Today, MINSA delivered 3,000 masks to commuters on lines one and two at the San Miguelito Metro station and explained how to use them, since scientific studies have validated that the correct use of masks prevents the spread of COVID-19.

In the Amador area the sampling center for COVID-19 started operations. Samples will be taken from people referred through the hotline number, 169, from 7am to 6:30 pm.

Regarding the wedding in the Paitilla area, a legal process to apply the corresponding fines was initiated, since the activity violated the decree establishing the curfew and the alcohol ban.

International and business cooperation

This Thursday morning, the MINSA received a donation from the Despega Foundation (COPA Airlines) of 50 infrared thermometers and 30,000 masks, while Columbus University donated 400 masks, in addition to one hundred non-sterile disposable gowns.

The Republic of China donated 5 respirators to the MINSA and the Chinese community of La Chorrera also donated a thousand masks, protective gowns and 250 boxes of bottled water.

Regarding the impact of the containment measures being taken, infectious disease specialist Xavier Sáez - Llorens clarified through his social networks that the predicted date for the maximum peak of infection is April 15.

Epidemiological report

According to the epidemiological report, 10 recovered patients are reported as are 158 new cases, for a cumulative total of 1,475 positive patients. 1,207 people are in home quarantine and 152 are hospitalized in the wards, 69 in intensive care and 37 are deceased.

Also, to date, 7,941 tests were applied, of which 81.4% were negative.

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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