Dr. Lourdes Moreno, head of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health who regularly appeared at press conferences to give updates on the fight of coronavirus is undergoing treatment for the disease at the Santo Tomás Hospital.
When the news was released on Tuesday, President Cortizo offered to arrange her transfer to a private hospital, but she declined as she has previously used and trusts the public health system.
Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region confirmed on Wednesday morning that Dr Moreno is in isolation but is doing well.
"We have a very good public health system, one of the best in the region, and just like Dr. Lourdes. the day that I have to attend without any problem, I go to Santo Tomás or Social Security" , said Cedeño.
“It is very good but It must be taken into account that on many occasions the emergency rooms are occupied by people who do not necessarily have an emergency, "Cedeño explained on the morning newscast of Telemetro Reporta.
At the moment with the issue of the coronavirus, due to the number of cases, it is becoming congested and unfortunately, the service portfolio is not sufficiently expanded to meet demand.
Currently, not only are cases of covid-19 are arriving, but cases of heart attacks, strokes, influenza, complicated diabetes, but it always seeks to improve every day and do what is necessary to attend to the vast majority, said Cedeño.
The US has the same problem with the ERs here. Its full of medicaid moms that bring their kids in for something simple that should be treated at home. The US government pays them to sit at home and make babies and deal drugs. Most of them do not even know how to put a band-aid on. The doctors in Panama do not make much salary as compared to the US so the public hospital is a viably economic option.
Lets hope she is using HOC a Z pack and zine to get through this