MINSA: Press Release #61

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Saturday April 25, 2020
Vice Minister of the Presidency reinforces the purchase process for ventilators

Vice Minister of the Presidency, Juan Carlos Muñoz, insisted that, as a result of the "trade war" due to the requirement of equipment to combat COVID-19, there has been the increase in prices; made reference to a series of international publications highlighting the topic.

He explained that the National Government is obliged to make "emergency decisions" and that

It negotiated with a local company for the acquisition of ventilators at a price, but recently this same company has informed that it is not capable of dispatching due to the manufacturer's refusal to honor the commitment.

It is now reported that the ventilators may be manufactured during the month of June, but there is no delivery guarantee.

Health Minister, Rosario Turner, reported that at least two companies are willing to supply the ventilators and that they have been referred to the Presidency to see if the purchase can be made.

Muñoz affirmed that the process will be reinforced with technical equipment. Turner added that she believes in transparency and the documentation is open for investigations.

Muñoz reported that this equipment was acquired to arrive to Panama in a period of ten days and payable in ninety days without advance.

He requested that any citizen or company capable of supplying this equipment at a fair cost to get in touch with him.

Health actions

It was reported that the R.O.S.A platform can communicate to the patient if the COVID-19 test result is negative, which will allow to decongestion of the system that is unique in the region.

MINSA is working on a protocol so that those in charge of attending line 169 can differentiate people who could present associated respiratory symptoms, either to COVID-19 or influenza.

Six nurses, four doctors and two nursing technicians have been appointed in hospital hotels.

International recognition

Minister Turner held a virtual meeting with Roberto Artavia, president of the Board of Directors of INCAE (Central American Institute of Business Administration), who recognized Panama as a leader in the management of COVID-19 in the region. In addition, they exchanged experiences on control mechanisms, surveillance, self-regulation, and monitoring preparation.

Whoever experiences a disorder associated with COVID-19 can use the ROSA platform, as well as line 169 and the help lines of the Institute of Mental Health 523-6813 and 523-6846, which provide assistance in handling grief.

Refund for retirees

The Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), opened an exclusive Emergency Room for respiratory symptomatic cases, located in the Outpatient Orthopedic Consultation area.

To the five thousand retirees and pensioners who collected for the first time with a debit card from the National Bank, a charge of USD $7.50 was made, an amount that has been reinbursed to each of the retirees accounts.

It was reported that older adults have arrived alone to the Chorrera Hospital ER. After being cared for, they have no family member to help them return home. The National Police has provided support to take them to their homes.

Security Report

In the last 24 hours, the National Police captured 31 people, 13 required by judicial offices. 1,926 assets were recovered, and four firearms were seized.

It is requested that those that carry a safe-conduct to make good use of this document, since several forgeries and misuse of this permit have been detected.

Regarding the curfew violation, the report indicates that 433 people have been detained in the last 24 hours, 22 of whom are minors.

Epidemiological report

Today, Saturday, April 25, 338 recovered people are reported, 200 new cases have been detected, for a cumulative total of 5,538 patients and 159 deceased.

Hospitalized 345 patients are counted (260 in the wards and 85 in the intensive care units), while in home isolation there are 4,696 people.

It is reminded that the absolute quarantine measures have been established in recent weekends, seeks to maintain the figures that have been recorded these days. The National Government insists that abiding by these quarantine measures, we will win the battle against COVID-19.

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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