MINSA: Press Release #51

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Wednesday April 15, 2020
Vaccination against influenza begins and serological tests will be applied to health and public forces personnel

The Ministry of Health and the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) started a vaccination program to prevent influenza, which prioritizes health workers and security groups. They will begin application of serological tests. 

The Minister of Education, Maruja Gorday, reported that private schools and Early Childhood Care Centers (CAIPI) must temporarily suspend classes, which does not mean that the school year will be lost. The decision was made based on consultations with educational centers and parents. Cancellation is not under consideration at this time. 

MINSA reported that, starting tomorrow, a new "Drive through" will be enabled at the Westland Mall to take swab samples from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm to massify the testing process. 

In Darién, three doctors, two nurses and an internist were appointed, and in La Chorrera, the intensive care unit at Nicolás A. Solano Hospital was reinforced with three ventilators and the appointment of an additional pulmonologist. 

New tests

The Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies completed the evaluation stage for three serological test kits, which will be applied to asymptomatic or hospitalized patients and thus will determine their clinical condition and discharge from hospital centers. 

Starting on Friday, the tests will be applied to health workers and security workers. 

It was reported that disciplinary measures were applied to MINSA personnel who improperly appropriated COVID-19 financial resources. 

Twelve doctors, nurses and technicians were trained to work in hospital rooms at the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 

Attention at the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS)

The director of the CSS, Enrique Lau Cortés, reported that during the pandemic there have been 1,549 births, of which 1,178 have been normal deliveries and 371 by caesarean section. 

In the Hospital Complex there were 251 births. Five pregnant women tested positive for COVID-19. Three babies were born COVID-19-negative and are in good health. One COVID-19-positive baby was born and the samples were evaluated at Gorgas Memorial Institute. One of the pregnant women had an abortion. 

Security Report

The Security Minister, Juan Pino, reported that in the last 24 hours 512 people were retained. 32 are minors. He said that the possibility of suspending the Universal Grant for three months is being evaluated. 

The National Police captured 20 people sought by the authorities. 4 were captured for their alleged connection to homicides registered in the last 24 hours. 

Epidemiological Report

At today's cut, 75 recoveries and 1,809 clinical recoveries have been registered. There is a cumulative total of 3,751 cases. 103 deaths have been registered. 

3,240 are in home isolation, while there are 227 people hospitalized in the wards and 106 patients in intensive care. 

Fines totalling $22,800 have been imposed including the fine for a wedding that took place in the Paitilla area. 

Panama Solidarity

The SENAN director, Nonato López, said that 11,091 bags of food have been distributed by sea to 18 communities in Guna Yala, Las Perlas Archipelago, Costa Abajo de Colón and the Ngäbe Buglé region. Via air, 27,025 were transferred to 38 communities in Darién, Costa Abajo de Colón, the Guna Yala region and the Ngäbe Buglé region. 

MIDA Vice Minister Carlos Rognoni reported that 481,674 bags of food have been made, of which 356,872 have been delivered; 332,550 bonds have been made, 177,483 have been delivered. 

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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