MINSA: Press Release #62

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Sunday April 26, 2020
MINSA reviews processes with companies that provide services during quarantine

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) reviews guidelines for basic service companies that have not interrupted their work, such as pharmacies, banks, public transport, home delivery, supermarkets and others, reported Vice Minister Luis Francisco Sucre.

The validation of best biosecurity practices related to COVID-19 is continued.

The process will be expanded to maintain the conditions for establishing strategic guidelines required to implement the standardization plan.

MINSA has learned of a spontaneous proposal from societies of medical specialties that have offered support in the revision of guidelines and protocols.

Security report

Today, no incidents are reported; the streets are empty. Surveillance operations have been carried out on beaches, rivers and spas in Gorgona, San Carlos, Chame, Coronado and Punta Barco, according to the report by Deputy Minister Ivor Pittí.

More than 150 cameras are monitored, in and outside Panama city, vehicular and personal movement is under observation.

No movement is reflected in Divisa and Chitré, nor in San Miguelito and the road to the Centennial Bridge. The cars observed are for the transport of goods, the Public Force, ambulances, security, food, health and emergencies.

In the last 24 hours, 29 people were captured. Two firearms were seized. Three raids were made in which cattle was recovered.

Due to the curfew in the last 24 hours, 340 people (304 adults and 36 minors) were detained.

In Vacamonte, Arraiján, seven people were arrested while attending a clandestine cockfight.

Two speedboats were seized in which 1,425 packages of alleged drug was found and four people arrested.

Reengineering of Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) hospitals

The CSS started reengineering its hospitals in the metropolitan area, as a "smart hospital" management model.

The Hospital at the CSS Complex will be Hospital Covid-19; the Susana Jones Hospital, already with an emergency room, will be for short surgical stays. And the Irma de Lourdes Tzanetatos Hospital, for common and general obstetrics won’t be used for Covid-19 attention.

In the CSS Complex, the seventh floor will be enabled as an outpatient clinic, a 60-bed room. The goal is to restart heart surgery and others pending.

Panama Solidarity

Milagros Ramos, deputy minister of MIDES, thanked the volunteer’s work that help in the distribution of care packages and vouchers.

The psychiatrist, Delia De Icaza, from the Protect yourself Panama Plan, called on the population to follow official sources and avoid miss-information. To spend time sharing with the people you live with and maintaining contact with those who are distant. To avoid consumption of cigarettes and alcohol.

Epidemiological report

Today, Dr. Lourdes Moreno of the MINSA reported 369 people recovered by laboratory and 2,455 clinically recovered; 241 new cases have been detected; there is a cumulative total of 5,779 patients and 165 deceased.

There are 339 hospitalized patients (in wards 251 and 88 in the intensive care units), while in home isolation there are 4,906 people.

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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