MINSA: Press Release #50

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Tuesday April 14, 2020
Panama is the third country in the region with the most tests 

After Canada and Chile, Panama is the country with the highest number of tests per million inhabitants in the entire region. This practice has allowed the early detection of those infected and thus prevent cases from evolving and ending in deaths. As a nation, the death rate is 2.6%, less than half the global rate, which is 5.9%. The Ministry of Health and the COVID-19 control advisors held a meeting with PAHO, led by Director Carissa F. Etienne, to share experiences in managing the pandemic in countries such as Argentina, Spain and Mexico. Minister Rosario Turner said it was a useful meeting, taking into account that the approach and investigation of the virus is still under study, so the exchange of experiences is vital. Tomorrow, phone lines 523-6846 and 523-6813 will be enabled at the Mental Health Institute, which will operate from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm to attend to those who require support regarding COVID-19.

Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) report

The director of the CSS, Enrique Lau Cortés, highlighted that as of April 14, 67 patients have been admitted to the ICU, 54 men and 13 women. Lau Cortés pointed out that the most common risk factors among patients admitted to the ICU are: over 60 years, hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy and cancer. Similarly, he indicated that these are the same risk factors that prevail among those who have died.

Quarantine violation

The Minister of Security, Juan Pino, reported that in the last 24 hours, 670 people have been detained, 502 are men, 118 are women and 50 are minors in central Panamá, western Panamá, Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Colón, San Miguelito, Coclé and the comarcas. The National Naval Air Service (SENAN) seized 1,076 packages of drugs in Guna Yala. In accordance with biosafety protocols, all of the following have been disinfected: hospitals, housing of suspected and confirmed patients, entry points to the country, borders, Police facilities, the government vehicle fleet, immigration checkpoints in La Peñita and Laja Blanca in Darien province and prisons such as: La Joya, Nueva Esperanza and the Colón Women's Center, the Basilio Lakas Children's Center, Tinajitas and El Renacer.

Panama Solidarity

The Minister of Social Development, Markova Concepción, spokesperson for the Panama Solidarity Plan, explained that until Monday, April 13, 316,692 bags of food and 163,692 solidarity bonds have been delivered. This makes a total of 480,366 delivered throughout Panama.

Epidemiological report

Panama is standardizing its report system for recovered cases with other countries: 1,809 cases are clinically recovered and 72 cases are epidemiologically recovered. 102 new cases are reported, for a cumulative total of 3,574. There are 3,101 people in home isolation and 702 in hotels. There are 230 patients hospitalized in the wards and 106 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). To date, 95 deaths are registered (one more than yesterday). The MINSA monitors the situation in all regions, which is why the Arraiján district and the Darién province will be reinforced with additional supplies and equipment. COPA Airlines donated 10 beds and a ventilator; equipment that will be distributed in the country's hospital centers. MINSA reports 1,318 cases of dengue to date. After the start of the rainy season, the population is asked to keep their environment clean to prevent the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. 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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