MINSA: Press Release #58

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Wednesday April 22, 2020
MINSA monitors biosecurity and social isolation measures in companies

This Wednesday, a team from the Ministry of Health (MINSA), led by Vice Minister Luis Francisco Sucre, met for the second consecutive day with representatives of Minera Panama to request the company's performance report on COVID-19.

Health Minister Rosario Turner said that she monitors companies' compliance with regulations regarding biosecurity and isolation measures due to the pandemic and stressed that they are strictly observed by everyone within the national territory.

Turner emphasized that there can be no differences or exclusions in health issues depending on the economic and social condition.

MINSA received the criteria from the Gorgas Institute for the application of serology tests that will determine if the positive patient has recovered.

In Colón, today the first patient diagnosed in the province left the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a 44-year-old woman who spent 37 days at the Manuel Amador Guerrero Hospital and who passed this stage to continue intensive care.

The head of the Health Ministry congratulated the female inmates at the Women's Rehabilitation Center who contribute to the making of masks.

MINSA reinforced with more human resources the program for calls fos scheduling influenza vaccination appointments through the 800-6467 phone line, for expedite attention.

Panama Solidarity

Milagros Ramos, deputy minister of MIDES and spokesperson for the Panamá Solidario Plan said that to date, 495,150 care packages and 366,418 bonds have been delivered.

In addition, she informed the management for the purchase from 200 producers of Chirican beans that will be included in the bags to improve the nutritional contribution.

Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) Warning

The director of the CSS, Enrique Lau Cortés, reported that the reopening of the Soná Hospital has been successful, but that there is an excessive relaxation in the rules against COVID-19 that can become a threat.

He added that on the recommendation of the health team, the use of quarantine ammonia sprinklers was suspended in the CSS, because it can cause skin and eyes problems, as well as triggering a bronchial asthma crisis.

He asked parents of premature babies who have been discharged to continue their controls. They can call the 503-1700 phone line to arrange appointments.

Penalties for violating quarantine

The Minister of Public Security, Juan Pino, reported that 651 people were detained in the last 24 hours, 609 are adults (108 women and 501 men) and 42 minors.

For breach of the decree that regulates the mobility of vehicles, in the last 24 hours, 50 cars were towed, of which 8 are taxis and 42 private; while for neglecting the alcohol ban, 13 sanctions were applied in the last 8 days.

Epidemiological report

For today, 255 patients are recovered and 2,227 clinical recovered patients are reported; There are 171 new cases for a cumulative total of 4,992 cases.

In home isolation there are 4,237 people; deceased there are 144 people; hospitalized in ward, 259; and in the intensive care unit there are 97.

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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