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Monday, July 16 2018 @ 08:47 AM EDT

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Seventh Case Of Hantavirus Confirmed

HealthcareThe Ministry of Health confirmed the hantavirus on a 22 year old man in the province of Veraguas.

The patient, who is from the province of Panama, was residing temporarily in the Lovaína community of Las Palmas, in the province of Veraguas.

It was reported this person came to the veraguen village and settled in a house which had been closed for months.

The Minsa said the patient recovered in the intensive care room and in the afternoon of Monday 20 May 2013, was given discharge.

The Ministry of Health has advised people who rent houses in the country's interior, clean well and open the windows before settling to avoid inhaling the dust from the rat waste, to prevent the hantavirus. (TVN)

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Operations To Kill The Aedes Aegypti Have Started

HealthcareAn operation to kill the Aedes Aegypti mosquitos being bred and rats in the area of ​​Paraíso, in the San Miguelito district, started early today, Thursday 16 May 2013, by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

In this regard, the regional director of Health of San Miguelito, Algis Torres, said about 200 staff remain in place, so he asked the community for their cooperation so they can eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

Torres warned infestation levels in this area are at 6.5% and considered it quite high.

On the problem of rats, the official said it is being dealt with by putting traps with bait.

He recommended people in general, as well as restaurant owners, not to place leftover food in these sites, as this is what brings about the proliferation of these rodents. (Panama America)

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600 Mosquito Breeding Houses Were Detected

HealthcareAbout 600 homes in the village of Pedregal, in the Province of Chiriquí, were detected actively breeding the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue virus.

Health officials said the owners of these houses will be fined up to $ 500.

In Chiriquí, up to 23 cases of dengue have been reported so far.

The Ministry of Health has asked the families to eliminate breeding sites of Aedes due to the entrance of the rainy season. (Critica)

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Pharmacies Fined For Selling Expired Drugs

HealthcareAlexis Ortega, Regional Director of Acodeco in Chiriquí, said he is currently at the stage of notifying the legal representative of the pharmacy of the resolution endorsing the fine of $ 12,000.

The official said in the case of the other pharmacy, they will be sanctioned with $ 7,000 for selling expired drugs for pregnant women. However, the legal representative of the pharmacy appealed the decision and it was denied, so he had to make the payment, for which documentation is currently pending. (Dia A Dia)

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CSS Invests $674 Thousan in Technological System

HealthcareThe Social Security Fund (CSS) invested $674,000 in the implementation of a new customer service process called 'shift system'.

The procedure will be implemented from July in the 28 administrative agencies of the CSS.

The electronic system allows user –upon arrival- to request their turn through a ticket which will be issued depending on their requested service and will be called in order of arrival.

The director of the CSS, Guillermo Sáez Llorens, said the system seeks to eliminate long lines at the administrative agencies.

Saby Ordóñez, director of Customer Service for Insured Patients, said the technology equipment will perform procedures such as affiliation and professional risks, among others.

The CSS also reported that this technology will also be applied in hospital centers to control the medical attention they offer in the following months. (Siglo)

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Rhode Islanders meet with Panamanian doctors

HealthcareBy Pfc. Michael Iacona - COLON, Panama – Members of the Rhode Island National Guard Medical Detachment met with Dr. Tristan Pinzon, medical director of Hospital Colon, in support of Beyond the Horizon-Panama 2013 here April 30.

The purpose of the meeting was to sustain a cooperative relationship with the local hospital to ensure appropriate medical treatment of U.S. and Panamanian security forces operating in Colon and other areas.

“This meeting is an opportunity for our medical personnel to make contact with our support in the Panamanian community and to ensure smooth operations in the event of emergencies,” said Maj. Dan Winschel, Rhode Island National Guard and physician’s assistant at Boston Medical Center.

The medical team included Winschel, Maj. Andrew Oakes-Lotteidge, personal physician, and Capt. David Donth, a firefighter and emergency medical technician for Central Falls Fire Department. During their meeting, they walked through the Hospital Colon with Pinzon.

The Rhode Island National Guard Medical Detachment team met with Pinzon to ensure that support from local medical staff is available in the event of emergencies at the various sites throughout Panama. The meeting afforded the doctors the opportunity to plan for contingencies and hash out procedures.

Pinzon is the director of Hospital Colon and is medically board-certified in urology in the United States. He studied in Houston, Texas, and India. He and Winschel both operated in the same field in their respective countries. Like Pinzon, Winschel works in urology as a physician’s assistant at Boston Medical Center.

“I have participated in these types of missions before, and our medical staff is prepared to help in any way that it can,” said Pinzon. “The hospital is well equipped to treat a variety of ailments and is especially efficient in preventative services as well as routine emergency services. However, major head trauma and cardio-thoracic procedures are handled at the hospital in Panama City.”

Tristan was pleased with the visit and personally conducted the tour of the facility. He described the wide range of services the facility provided and helped to orient the group to the hospital.

“We will be here if you need us said Pinzon to the U.S. medical team. “We are ready to help out in any way that we can."

In collaboration with Panamanian Security Personnel, U.S. forces are currently conducting joint training and humanitarian aid missions during Beyond the Horizon-Panama 2013. Medical support and training is one of the focuses of effort, which also includes engineering support.

Beyond the Horizon-Panama 2013 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, U.S. Army South-led, joint humanitarian and civic assistance exercise deploying U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Panama to build cooperative relationships with the host nation while providing humanitarian services. (Southern Command Press Release)

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Another Case Of The Hantavirus In Veraguas

HealthcareBelén Hernández, regional director in charge of the Ministry of Health in the province of Veraguas, confirmed the sixth case of hantavirus.

The case is about a 45 year old man, who is in intensive care, which came from the village of Guarumal.

According to reports of the Minsa, in this province there have already been 6 registered cases of the hantavirus, of which, four were discharged, one person died and the other person is still in intensive care.

The inhabitants of Veraguas noted there has been an increase in mice in the communities. The Minsa tries to prevent the spread of the hantavirus. (Panama America)

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Panama Has Had 119 Cases Of Medical Malpractice In The Past 16 Years

HealthcareApproximately 119 cases of medical malpractice have been reported in the country in the past 16 years.

Roger Bares, of the Comité de Protección al Paciente y Familiares, said he established the group in 1997 after the death of his grandson due to a case of medical malpractice.

He said medical malpractice cases have still increased in Panama because of the lack of disclosure and medical education.

He also added saying "people do not report possible cases since they are afraid of losing the case." He said there is a lack of public knowledge about the rights of patients.

He said the group has organized a brown ribbon campaign to raise awareness among citizens of their rights.

Mariela Arce, wife of the late sociologist Raúl Leis, who died of an allergic reaction caused by a medication prescribed to him after an eye surgery, said it is necessary to introduce ethics into the doctor-patient relationship.

She clarified, she is not looking to create problems with the medical profession, but to "raise awareness because lives are being lost."

There will be a workshop today at the Archdiocese of Panama to discuss medical malpractice. (Prensa)

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Illnesses Caused By Contaminated Water And Food

HealthcareAccording to Dr. Ariel Prado, director of Public Health of the Region of Health in San Miguelito, Alcalde Díaz, Las Cumbres and Chilibre, studies have been conducted in different health centers, and it has been determined that the viral outbreak occurs by different factors.

He added that one of the strongest is the consumption of contaminated water and food to eat on the streets.

He recommended to check what people eat on the streets. They must know that the seller has his green and white card (good health and food handling). Besides having a hairnet, apron, hat, closed shoes and that the kitchen is clean. If this is done, many health problems will be prevented.

He said that the amount of cases of diarrhea and vomiting are still occurring since January last year until current date, and has affect about 10 thousand people, and the district with the most cases was Omar Torrijos Herrera. (Dia A Dia)

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MINSA Asks Pharmacists To Comply With Antibiotic Control

HealthcareThe Ministry of Health (MINSA) called this Monday, April 1st to pharmacists, pharmaceutical regents, pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy owners to comply with the registration of the prescriptions requesting antibiotics, in order to keep track, and to avoid misuse of this medicine.

This comes from the Office of Pharmacies and Drugs which investigated 60 pharmacies, located in the districts of Panama and San Miguelito, that are not complying with these regulations established in Law 1 of January 10th, 2001 on medication.

The Pharmacy and Drug Director of MINSA, Eric Conte, who participated in these operations, explained that the behavior in these pharmacies is the same: they give the drugs but do not note what they sell and the worst thing about the situation is that they give the prescription back to the patient. "This situation is delicate because it is leading to the inappropriate use of antibiotics and contributing to the development of bacterial resistance, since the patient could get multiple shipments of the same prescription drugs," he said.

Conte noted that pharmacists have the responsibility to make sure people have a "rational drug use" and that means avoiding the proliferation of bacterial resistance.

He warned that MINSA, through the Office of Pharmacy and Drugs, will continue to look through this problem in different parts of the country, adding that in such cases, the law allows them to issue fines from $500 to $5,000. (Estrella)

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