MINSA: Press Release #48

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Sunday April 12, 2020
MINSA reports: About 29 patients recovered from COVID-19

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) will strengthen the home visit protocol in order to maintain a closer link with patients and thus increase the existing capacity for care and treatment of positive COVID-19 cases. Today, April 12, 29 recovered patients and 166 new cases are reported, for a cumulative total of 3,400. In home isolation there are 2,955 people, of whom 651 are in hotels, and 329 hospitalized are hospitalized, distributed in wards (223) and intensive care (106). To date, 87 deaths have been registered. It was also reported that there are 26 patients who have been successfully extubated (they can breathe without machines).

Western Panama is the area with the most cases

The Vice Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, asked for the cooperation of the population in western Panama to address the large number of cases registered in this region. As the area where the highest number of people are infected, according to the Deputy Ministry of Security, Ivor Piití, there are still more detainees who are violating the health quarantine. He pointed out that on Saturday, 121 people were arrested in western Panama. In central Panama, there were 102 detainees, 57 in Herrera, 50 in Chiriquí and 42, whereas San Miguelito and Coclé continue with high numbers.

Home deliveries

MINSA reminds everyone that the home delivery service is limited to the dispatch of medicines and food and is not for online sales. At the same time, MINSA thanks HiTrafic Panama and the Panama Metro, Mibus and the media, for supporting the dissemination of prevention messages. The Vice Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, also thanked the Hebrew and Hindustani communities for significant donations of medical supplies. He mentioned a donation from the Red Cross and that this week the UTP and UDELAS will deliver fans that they manufacture. He informed that they are continuing to test people who have complied with the quarantine to verify who has recovered. At the same time, he called those who are at risk because they have lived with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 so that they contact the health authorities to be located in hospital hotels and avoid contagion.

CSS report

The Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) has 124 fans and 226 beds available, of which 124 are occupied, according to the director Enrique Lau Cortés. He also reported that for patients to avoid forming crowds with patients who were admitted for other diseases, the pharmacy at the J.J. Vallarino clinic will now attend people from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Panama Solidarity

The director of the Institute for the Training and Use of Human Resources (IFARHU) Bernardo Meneses, spokesman for the Panama Solidarity Plan, explained that 34,550 bags of food were put together in the Atlapa collection center on April 11, and were delivered in Chiriquí, Coclé, central Panama and northern Panama. He informed that solidarity bonds were delivered in central Panama, northern Panama and eastern Panama. While in Chiriquí 3,071 bags of food were put together. 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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