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Health Alert - Ministry Of Health Recommends That Water Should Be Filtered!

HealthcarePanama's Health Minister Javier Diaz acknowledged there are high levels of turbidity in the drinking water being produced by the water treatment plant in Chilibre due to the constant rains that have occurred in recent days, and he made the following recommendations. (more)

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Antibiotic Resistant KPC Bacteria Killed 24 People in Panama

HealthcareThe Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (IMELCF) determined that the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) killed 24 patients of the Hospital of the Social Security Fund (CSS).

This was announced by the Third Superior Prosecutor, Sofanor Espinosa, who has been running an official investigation since July of 2011 because of the the infestation and the death of a significant number of policyholders who became infected with this nosocomial bacteria.

As part of the investigation, which according Sofanor is almost done, more than 200 medical records of patients from the CSS rest in the offices of the Third Superior Prosecutor.

The first reports of IMELCF issued in the month of September indicated that 14 deaths had been caused by the KPC bacteria. The last 10 were confirmed between October and November.

A Person To Declare - A doctor from the CSS who belongs to the Committee of Nosocomial Infections still has to make an official statement to provide evidence to the prosecutor handling the case. This officer is one of the nine doctors and two nurses who have been accused of manslaughter, because they were directly responsible for making decisions on containment at the time of the KPC outbreak, explained Espinosa.

They Will Protest on Tuesday - Relatives of the deceased who were killed by the KPC bacteria will protest next Tuesday in the premises of the Supreme Court to demand that the institution authorizes the Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado to investigate the CSS authorities. According to Victor Martinez, the legal representative of 16 families, the Supreme Court must resolve the procedural initiative he filed in September so that the Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado can take the case, because they have filed criminal complaints against the Director of the CSS Guillermo Sáez-Llorens. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: So, a couple of nurses have been charged with manslaughter, but the Supreme Court is protecting the Director of the CSS, who was actually the one directing the response? Disgusting. When the KPC bacteria outbreak first occurred, the leadership of the CSS issued memos to the doctors at the hospital, ordering them to keep their mouths shut and to not talk to the press. Only after some doctors ignored those orders and the crisis came to light in the media did the CSS actually begin to implement some sort of effective response. And, charging nurses with manslaughter under these circumstances is - criminal.

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Visitations Restricted At Hospital in David Due To Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Deaths

HealthcareBecause of the problem with the bacterium Clostridium Difficile, visits to patients in the Rafael Hernández hospital in the city of David have been restricted as an alternative