MINSA: Press Release #79

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Wednesday May 13, 2020
The new normality, a challenge for Panamanians

"The new normality is a challenge that the entire world and we Panamanians must face, it is about the search for a balance within the health, social and economic aspects," said the vice minister of health, Luis Francisco Sucre.

Sucre said that the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has maintained constant communication with the Ministry of Security (MINSEG), which reports a slight increase in public alcohol consumption, therefore, if these statistics keep increasing, we will reinstate the alcohol ban.

As part of the actions that the MINSA daily undertakes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, today a surprise operation was carried out, led by the Directorate of Pharmacies and Drugs, in various areas of the capital where alcohol-based hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap and disinfectants were sold in unauthorized premises; these items were confiscated.

In addition, the Bolívar Home for the Elderly received from the Ministry of Health a donation of 400 cloth face masks and educational material for the prevention of COVID-19.

On other news, the MINSA opened three hospital-type facilities in the Ngäbe Buglé region, in response to the rates of cases registered in this area of ​​the country.

These facilities were adapted by instructions of Minister Rosario Turner, seeking to strengthen health strategies to mitigate the virus in this region.

Dr. Javier Nieto, an epidemiologist consultant to the Ministry of Health reported that children affected with Kawasaki disease came out negative for COVID-19 after tested. He clarified that this is a condition that causes inflammation (swelling and redness) in the blood vessels throughout the body. It occurs in three stages and persistent fever is usually the first sign. This disease most often affects children under the age of 5.

Epidemiological report

Today Wednesday, May 13, 6,067 recovered patients are reported, 161 new cases, for a total of 8,944.

2,248 patients are in home isolation (773 in hotels), 256 deceased, while 373 were hospitalized, with 296 in wards and 77 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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