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Wednesday, November 26 2014 @ 04:41 AM EST

Now At Least 91 Deaths in Panama Due To KPC Bacteria

Healthcare #Panama - At least 91 people have died because of the antibiotic resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae Carbapenemases (KPC) bacteria in the Republic of Panama, confirmed this afternoon the Third Superior Prosecutor, Sofanor Espinosa, who is heading the investigation. Although last week the death toll associated with the antibiotic resistant KPC bacteria was 89, this weekend two new deaths were reported. Espinosa said the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences is doing the autopsy reports and evaluating the clinical history of these people. He also said investigations have confirmed the death of several patients due to the bacteria, but he did not say how many. The prosecutor did not rule out the possibility of making a survey of healthcare workers, so they can make their statements. Meanwhile, the relatives of those killed by the KPC bacteria are blaming the Director of the Social Security Fund, Guillermo Saez Llorens for this tragedy. With the emergence of KPC bacteria at the Hospital of the Social Security Fund, the authorities had to move the affected patients to rooms in other hospitals, to clean and rebuild the contaminated areas. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: The mortality rate for other similar outbreaks of the Klebsiella Pneumoniae Carbapenemases (KPC) in different countries of the world have been much lower than here in Panama. The simple fact of the matter is that the Panamanian healthcare authorities, and in particular the Director of the Social Security Fund Guillermo Saez Llorens severely mismanaged this outbreak in Panama. Their first response was to attempt to place a gag order on their doctors. He issued a memo in June warning hospital doctors and staff not to discuss "internal problems" with the media. A few weeks later the story broke in the news. It wasn't until the fact of the KPC infections became public knowledge did the CSS and Guillermo Saez Llorens begin to react in an responsible and coherent manner. The Panama American Health Organization came to Panama. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta sent people down to help. And now, slowly, the crisis is starting to come under control somewhat, although two more people died over the weekend. The true facts and figures of how many people were infected or who died will probably never be known, because Guillermo Saez Llorens and the CSS have embarked on a campaign of spin control and self serving damage control from day one. His priority has been on saving his own ass, not those of the patients who are forced to use the cesspools known as public hospitals in Panama. These are the same guys who killed dozens of people with contaminated medicines a few years ago. And what happened to the Director of the CSS who was on watch during that entire episode? Not a damn thing. That's about what I expect here. These guys talk a good game, but when it really matters they fall flat on their asses, just like every other politician who came before them.

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