MINSA: Press Release #60

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Friday April 24, 2020
Security Ministry and MINSA to strengthen quarantine surveillance over the weekend

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) recommends continuing with security the measures, such as hand washing, the use of masks, and social distancing to lower the infection of COVID-19 in Panama.

One month and fifteen days after the quarantine was decreed, all sanitary fences are maintained at critical areas.

This Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, will be of total quarantine. The Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, reemphasized the call to comply with hygiene measures, hand washing, the proper use of masks, but above all, to stay home.

She also reported that the suspension of construction projects is maintained for an additional thirty days.

In the case of Minera Panamá, the minister said that the two people who have died correspond to non-COVID-19 areas and were under the control of the company. Officials have already been ordered to investigate.

Security Report

The Ministry of Security maintains strategic and operational actions to monitor compliance with the quarantine mandate. The minister, Juan Pino, called on the population to stay home.

For the violation of the curfew the previous day, 459 people were detained, 430 are adults (381 men and 49 women), 29 minors. Most in Panama province, western Panama, Herrera and Coclé provinces.

In the last 24 hours, there were 5 raids and 5 firearms to be taken off the streets and 23 people captured. The Public Ministry investigates homicides in Panama and San Miguelito. There are indications that those involved could be related to gangs.

Social work is still carried out. Since March 19, SENAN has carried out 15 aero medical evacuations, 10 for patients positive with Covid-19 and 5 suspected patients. The aircrafts have been converted into ambulance helicopters.

Purchase of ventilators

The Vice Minister of the Presidency, Juan Carlos Muñoz, explained that the acquisition of respirators is crucial, they represent the difference between life and death. MINSA’s technical personnel was tasked to choose the required equipment.

He said that "there is a fierce demand" worldwide for this equipment, which has triggered prices, especially those that work as invasive and non-invasive, and that have a short-term delivery. Given the current situation, decisions must be made on time, he said.

Hospital complex

The pharmacy of the Hospital Complex will be closed for the weekend for a deep cleaning, it will reopen next Monday, April 27.

Dr. Gladys Guerrero, Coordinator of Nosocomial Infections, reported that 15 days ago a fourth shift for dialysis was set up in Aguadulce, which will maintaini the necessary space between patients and taking care of possible contagion. There will be transportation for patients.

Panama Solidarity

The Minister of Social Development, Markova Concepción, reported the distribution of 5,200 cans of milk for childhood care. An alliance was stablished with the Más Móvil company to deal with cases of domestic violence. She also said that support was provided to the family that stayed overnight in a car wash.

As of Thursday, 564,597 food bags and 401,362 bonds have been distributed.

Epidemiological report

Today, 319 people are recovered and 2,227 are clinically recovered, 172 new cases have been detected for a cumulative of 5,338.

In home isolation there are 4,524 patients; 154 deaths are registered, there are 341 hospitalized (254 in the wards and 87 in the intensive care units).

Vaccination in nursing homes, nursing homes and bedridden patients culminated this week, attention to older adults continues. To get appointments, call the 800-6467 line.

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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