MINSA: Press Release #47

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Saturday April 11, 2020
MINSA refines registration processes and medical visits during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) held a virtual meeting with its regional directors to improve the registration processes and strategies for home visits related to the pandemic, so that each day reports are issued in a timely and reliable manner, from a statistical point of view. With the technology from the Government Innovation Authority, the ROSA and NICO systems and the rapid response teams have been incorporated to provide citizens with the most accurate data.

CSS decision

The director of the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), Enrique Lau Cortés, reported that, to address the complaints made in various media outlets regarding the acquisition, storage and delivery of drugs by robotic means, it was decided to suspend the process to avoid any factors that would distract the institution from the fight against COVID-19. This decision was made, said Lau Cortés, despite the fact that the process was carried out in compliance with all the ethical and legal processes that govern the institution. He added that there are currently about a thousand CSS officials, including doctors, nurses, nursing technicians and support personnel in the fight against the pandemic.

Vaccination Program

On Wednesday, April 15, the MINSA, in conjunction with the CSS and the Ministry of Security, will begin the vaccination process for the staff of these institutions. And starting on Friday, April 17, the patients in Panama’s nursing homes will be vaccinated as a strategy to avoid crowding. Today a meeting was held with the CSS in order to coordinate the plan of operation for the new modular hospital that will serve COVID 19 patients, in which, among other topics, the available resources and the services to be provided were evaluated. Insured and uninsured patients affected by COVID-19 will be attended.

New enforcement measures

Despite these actions, the population continues to fail to comply with the norms established in the decree that dictated the quarantine, so "the decision was made" that the sanctions will be more severe. As for pedestrians who are caught driving, the amount of the fines will increase, and community work will be imposed. In addition, car drivers who are caught will have their driver's license suspended for three months and the car will be impounded.

Panama Solidarity

The Vice Minister of Social Development, Milagros Ramos Castro, explained that on the last day the Plan included areas such as Río Indio, Tulú, Toabré in Coclé and other communities in Panama and Veraguas. Solidarity bonds were delivered in Coclé, Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí. With the MIDA, they delivered bags of agricultural products in Panama, Herrera, Veraguas and Colón provinces.

Epidemiological report

Lourdes Moreno, chief of epidemiology, said that young people continue to be what the virus needs to spread. Compared with other countries in the Americas, it was reported that Panama is among the five with the lowest case fatality rate, 2.49%, indicating that the system has responded. At the end of today, according to the official report, 23 recovered patients and 260 new cases are registered, making a total of 3,234 cases. 2,817 people are in home isolation, while there are 573 in hotels. According to the latest registry, there are a total of 315 hospitalized, of whom 213 are in the wards, 102 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 79 deceased. 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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