MINSA: Press Release #73

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Thursday May 7, 2020
Winning the battle over COVID-19: a public concern

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a public concern, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) needs the entire population’s commitment to ensure that physical distance measures are met, the use of face masks and hand washing to prevent more cases and jeopardizing the capacity in hospitals. Given this, on Saturdays and Sundays the total quarantine will be maintained throughout the country.

In order to reinforce the strategies undertaken during the pandemic, the National Oncological Institute (ION) will start delivering medications with the aim of avoiding the exposure of cancer patients to COVID-19.

To have access to this service, you must contact the call center 512-7999 or the website www.ion.gob.pa.

The MINSA thanks the pilots working for the Panama Canal Authority for the donation of 5 vital sign monitors, 1 transport ventilator and 5 high flow ventilators; this equipment valued at USD $100,000.

In addition, it is reported that 448,000 vaccines have been applied to the most vulnerable groups, and tomorrow Friday, next Monday and Tuesday, the vaccination will be for children under the age of five, and then continue on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the next week for vaccination of those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and others.

The entire population is reminded that the 800-6467 phone line is enabled for anyone interested in scheduling a vaccination appointment at a health center at no cost.

Dr. Javier Nieto, a member of the advisory committee, stated that they reviewed the criteria used to discharge recovered patients, especially those at home isolation and hotels.

"This means that patients, after 14 days from being tested, will be considered clinically recovered, and will be discharged from the hotels to their homes. These people will have to keep an additional 14 days. As a result, there should be an increase in the number of recovered patients", added Nieto.

The Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) offers service in the 17 hemodialysis rooms

The Caja de Seguro Social reports that the service in the 17 hemodialysis rooms, managed by the institution, is still offered. The 2,189 patients with chronic renal failure continue their treatments as usual.

The only instruction for the hemodialysis service at the national level, is to continue the treatment of patients without interruption in an efficient, timely manner and on the days that are necessary.

At the hemodialysis rooms, patients undergo three days of weekly treatment, with specialized care and health status checkups through their laboratories, and through the attention of a nephrologist in charge of each ward, distributed in the provinces of Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Veraguas, Herrera, Coclé, western Panamá, Colón and central Panamá.

Epidemiological report

Today, Thursday May 7, 4,504 recovered patients are reported, with 137 new cases, for a total of 7,868.

In home isolation there are 2,804 patients (937 in hotels), 225 deceased, 335 hospitalized, 250 divided into wards and 85 in the intensive care units.

MINSA requests the population to continue implementing measures such as physical distancing, hand washing and the correct use of masks, which are efficient weapons to eradicate 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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