Panama hospitals swamped at over 90% capacity

 
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Public and private hospitals in the Panama City metropolitan area are saturated with a capacity of over 90%  leaving the newly formed  Health Advisory Council scrambling to find beds for COVID-19 patients and those with other pathologies. Intensive Care Units are especilly stressed.

The pulmonologist and advisor to the Ministry of Health (Minsa) Reynaldo Chandler said that the ideal capacity in any is that the occupation does not exceed 85% and the Council faces the challenge of enabling more beds in rooms and intensive care

The spread of the virus among overstretched healthcare workers is also causing concern with six new cases detected in staff at Hospital Santo Tomas (HST) and in a Minsa office.

Having enough beds to care for all patients including intensive care units– is one of the situations that worry advisers and members of the  Council, and between 600 and 1,000 new  coronavirus cases are detected daily/

Mathematical models that have been used since the virus appeared in the country on March 9 suggest that 20% of patients will reach hospitals, in  both wards and ICUs

The pulmonologist and advisor to the Health Ministry Reynaldo Chandler said that alternatives are being sought such as the use of the Amador convention center, and in the reversed areas of the Ancón township, although this has not yet materialized.

He added that there are other options that have already been put into operation, such as the Panama Solidario Integrated Hospital, which since Sunday has had 15 more beds for patients with the Covid-19 joining the 25 they were already in use for critically ill patients, in intensive care.

Some 100 beds for the care of  critically ill Covid-19 patients will be prepared at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Minsa.



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Penelope

We have been watching closely everything happening here. I think alot of it is just gross negligence by uneducated people in government. We don't like the tyrranical decrees that never seem to end. Two weeks we were told that was almos 5 months ago. It worries us that the Jews fled. Those people always seem to see a problem before others.

5 days ago
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Jackson

I get my daily entertainment from the comments on these posts and actually shocked at how many people drank the Kool-aid and believe the party line of B.S.. Happy to say we got out and now are living a life of freedom in Canada. All the best with your dictator.

5 days ago
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Gary

Hello all you poor miserable losers. Why are you in Panama if you don’t have anything good to say about this beautiful country??? If it is so wonderful up there in the US, why are you not there then??? You can help Donald Duck start his civil war he so desperately wants. Don’t forget you are only guests here in Panama, if you have nothing nice to say about this country, then shut up and leave. Ignorance breeds ignorance you dummies.

5 days ago
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Sara

Gringos so weak crying because they no like how it is now. Panama is strong and soon all the people see will be theirs. A revolution is here and the people control no rabi blanco. Wait gringo just wait more is to come.

6 days ago
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Jbbrown

Turns out that the two agencies Minsa and police who force virus decrees on others are the "super Spreader" here in Panama Go Figure. https://www.prensa.com/provincias/detectan-caso-de-covid-19-en-las-oficinas-administrativas-del-minsa-en-los-santos/

6 days ago
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Snake Pliskin

The gay observer twins are like a gray sprinkle on a rainbow cupcake. Its impossible to underestimate them. They bring everybody so much joy....when they leave the room. Glad I saw their posts here, it reminded me to take out the trash.

6 days ago
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CatHair

Beautiful let's go for 500% occupancy and maybe get the economy open.

6 days ago
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Seabreeze

The healthcare here is mediocre during the best of times but most people equate cheap with good so think it's wonderful. For a basic screening, small cut or bruised bone it's fine anything else and your risk goes way up. In our 6 years in Panama we have known many people, friends, neighbors and our local workers who have had surgery here. Every single one comes home with an infection and most get readmitted or are treated for months on oral antibiotics. The worst were people who had abdominal surgery of any kind. One friend they explored his abdomen because he had stomach pains, nothing found but he was readmitted a week after discharge with a belly full of pus. They opened him back up and washed him out then he was two weeks in the hospital close to death on IV antibiotics. Once he was stable his wife put him on a flight to a Miami hospital. An 11 year old local girl we know went to have a simple appendix removed and she also had a bad infection afterward which left her with a nasty scar on her belly. A young Aussie surfer hit his knee while surfing and it swelled with fluid. At the local clinic they drained the fluid from the knee and sent him home. three days later the knee was swollen and red and draining pus from where they drained it. He went to the city for treatment and never came back. There was an American couple whose wife's uterine cancer was misdiagnosed. Several months later when symptoms were worse she got diagnosed as cancer, sadly it had metastasized. They too left for the USA for treatment. In Panama healthcare might be cheaper but as the old saying goes....you get what you pay for!!!

6 days ago
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OBSERVER

Nothing like a little morning cheer from Brown who has consistently displayed his lack of knowledge on most subjects and obviously is bot abrest of the growing problem in the United States and now the EU which with its control system (and without communism) has shown the way and is locking its doors to Americans. Can't wait to hear the attack on Frogs, Wops,.Dagos, Krauts etc

6 days ago
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casual observer

Well.....you've finally convinced me. I'm going to lose weight, quit smokin' and give away the rest of my heroin. You can't be very old based on the arrogance of your comments. It's evident that life its self hasn't kicked the shit out of you enough times to teach you a little humility. But it will.

6 days ago
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Jbbrown

Anyone still think the airport is going to open in 3 weeks? I am changing my advice for the potbellied, chain smoking, drug addicted, alcoholic , obese, diabetic and old gringos here. I no longer recommend hiding in your houses. Panama has failed!! Panama is now number one for virus cases, the hospital staff is exhausted and can no longer provide good care. The Hospitals are at max capacity and there are not enough ICU beds or qualified people to manage them. My advice to the Old fat sick chain smoking, alcoholic, potbellied gringos is to get out!! Take a humanitarian flight while you still can. Panama's socialist healthcare system has failed it's overwhelmed and if you catch the virus your odds of survival are nill. One mistake and it's over for you! The rest of the healthy population that did not abuse their bodies can about your business as normal, the virus does not effect you!

6 days ago
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CatHair

Already had it bro, it's a hoax if you're not a fat slob, sickly, or really old. Doing just fine thanks for your concern.

6 days ago
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OBSERVER

If Cathair gets the virus he will care.

6 days ago
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CatHair

blah blah blah blah who gives a fuck

6 days ago
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