MINSA: Press Release #49

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Monday April 13, 2020
The Executive Branch achieves millions in support for economic recovery

In the 36 days since the first case of COVID-19 was detected, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has been communicating the behavior of this pandemic daily, so that the necessary actions can be taken to minimize its effects. Starting today, the daily information process will be strengthened, adding variables and indicators, not only for health, but also for the security and social and economic interests of the general population. Charts will be published showing the global behavior of COVID-19, the development of large-scale strategies at the national level and the response to the pandemic resulting from various health interventions developed in Panama.

Solidarity support

At the time of the press conference, the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, reported via his Twitter account that the economic team is working on "the day after tomorrow" and that the strategy for recovery "has borne its first fruits”. “We were the first country to dare to go out on the stock market and successfully bring in $2.5 billion. Furthermore, "we have been managing $300 million with the IDB for micro and small businesses, as well as the agricultural sector." He added that the government obtained $500 million from the IMF and $500 million from MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Organizations) to keep as many jobs in the country as possible. The Minister for the Promotion of Investments, Alejandro Rojas, explained that progress is being made in the economic recovery strategy.

New facilities

The MINSA continues to strengthen the process of purchasing equipment and supplies for the new modular hospital in Albrook and also informs us that the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is already enabled not only for the care, but also for hospitalization of patients with COVID- 19. At the same time, and as part of these strategies, MINSA will install a sampling station at the Westland Mall in Arraiján. Health Minister Rosario Turner instructed regional directors to increase the number of home visits and calls to COVID- 19 positive patients.

Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) report

The report presented by the director of the CSS, Enrique Lau Cortés stated that in the last 48 hours six patients were discharged from intensive care units and transferred to the wards. 50 nurses were appointed, 25 for the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex, 15 at the 24 de Diciembre Hospital and 10 at the Amador Guerrero Hospital in Colón. He added that in the CSS hospitals there are 1,147 beds available. There are 59 patients using ventilators, and in the intensive care units there are 92 beds available and 137 ventilators. An area in the 24 de Diciembre Hospital has been set up with 93 beds for patients who do not have COVID-19. 1,300,000 medicines have been delivered.

Violation of the health quarantine

The latest report on violation of the health quarantine presented by the Minister of Security, Juan Pino, reveals that 340 people were arrested across the country.

Panama Solidarity Plan

The Minister for Social Development, Markova Concepción, spokesperson for the Panama Solidarity Plan, specified that through the weekend, 296,621 bags and 160,281 vouchers have been delivered.

Epidemiological Report

Today, 61 recovered patients are reported and a total of 72 new cases, for a cumulative number of 3,472 registered cases. To date, 94 deaths have been registered. There are 334 hospitalized, of whom 229 are in the wards and 105 are in intensive care units. Once again, the Ministry of Health thanks the companies, institutions and international organizations that stand in solidarity in the fight against COVID-19, such as the United Nations UNDP that donated 3,000 N-95 masks and the French embassy that donated personal hygiene products. 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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