MINSA: Press Release #76

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Sunday May 10, 2020
MINSA validates guidelines for reopening companies

The new normality, as has been reiterated, will be gradual, asymmetric and with social participation, which includes the family and the different social actors in the country, said the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner.

Therefore, Turner said, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) should conduct the national health system in synergy considering cultural aspects and the behavior of COVID-19 in each region.

Today, Sunday, MINSA completed the validation process of the general sanitary guidelines for the reopening of post-COVID-19 companies, and the sanitary guide for post-COVID-19 operations for retail sales with online delivery mode.

"In this sense, it is important to highlight that Panamanian society and the strategies developed by the National Government have allowed us to achieve an important objective, to maintain the continuity of health services and to avoid it’s collapse, as has happened in other nations," said Turner.

This has been a complex task at the global and national level, which has forced nations to implement different tools in terms of innovation, adaptation processes, on the social, economic and health spheres.

Regarding health, the minister said, the need for a reorganization of the Panamanian public health system is evident, within the effective coordination between MINSA and the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), which has been evidenced with the arrival of COVID -19 to achieve better results in the coverage and care of patients and resource optimization.

For this reason, MINSA will continue to strengthen the surveillance and traceability of COVID-19 cases that are presented in a dynamic way and with the participation of companies and different organizations, in order to avoid a re-emergence in our country.

Next week, an additional budget for COVID-19 should be approved, which will be used to appoint 120 health professionals who will be prepared to achieve more active traceability of cases in the country.

The acquisition of serological tests is urgently coordinated with the Gorgas Commemorative Institute, in order to determine susceptible individuals and make decisions regarding their treatment and health interventions, without forgetting that there is strong demand of these tests in the international market.

Minister Turner held a meeting with members of the analysis and trend department to strengthen the information systems that require greater coordination in MINSA in order to demonstrate the COVID-19 indicators in the Republic in a more transparent and timely manner.

Panama Solidarity Plan continues to bring aid to Panamanian families

The Panama Solidarity Plan continues to reach the families that need it most, 240,329 Panamanians used the Digital Voucher for a total amount of USD $15.9 million. 880,828 care packages and 629,500 vouchers have been delivered.

The Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), thanks for the donations from the private sector and in close collaboration with its team of social workers from different regions of the country, who have managed to deliver 20,000 cans of milk, benefiting more than 44,000 children.

Epidemiological report

Today, Sunday, May 10, 4,687 recovered patients are reported, while 166 new cases are registered, for a global total of 8,448.

In home isolation are 3,188 patients (996 in hotels), 244 deceased, 329 hospitalized, divided into 242 in the wards and 87 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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