The National Cancer Institute (ION), announced on Thursday,June 28 that visits will be restricted ro one relative per due to the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) virus and other hospitals are following suit.
To date, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has reported the death of more than 12 people, the last of them residents of Coclé with ages of 55, 79 and 91 years. and there are another 16 patients with influenza in that province.
Through social networks, the ION has called on the population to comply with the basic preventive hygiene measures, to reduce the risk of acquiring influenza and other diseases, such as vaccination against influenza in health centers and clinics of the Social Security Fund.
In addition washing your hands often with soap and water or using alcohol gel, cover your mouth and nose, when sneezing or coughing (use disposable handkerchief, or the internal angle of the elbow to retain droplets ejected, avoid unnecessary contact, such as greeting kisses and handshaking and early attention minimizes the risk of complications.
Minsa authorities recommend that visitors to health facilities should limit their time within the infrastructures and refrain from visiting patients in hospitals.
Has the government and the Minister of Health done all they can to saturate the vaccine into poor and rural areas, at minimal or no cost? Have they also flooded out the media, both social and hard, pointing out preventive measures? Since I don't live there, I don't know, but I do know that Panamanians love to point the finger, in spite of not taking preventive measures.