Doctors demand meeting with Cortizo to present “real”  picture

 
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Panama’s  medical associations have united in calling for a meeting with President, Laurentino Cortizo, to let him know him "first-hand" the "real" conditions of the public health system and the urgent measures needed  to prevent a “collapse”   of the health system as a result of the Covid- 19.

They stated that, although economic development is necessary for the support of the individual, the main right that must be guaranteed is life and consequently health, so the actions to face the pandemic must be "responsible and wise" .

The statement agreed after a meeting on Wednesday, August 12,  has the endorsement of the Association of resident and intern doctors of the Social Security Fund, the Association of specialist doctors of the Santo Tomás Hospital, the Association of doctors, dentists and related professionals from the Social Security Fund, the Panamanian Society of General Medicine and the Panamanian Society of Public Health.

The representatives of these unions also asked the Government to implement measures to regain control of the pandemic, such as: strict isolation outside the home with medical care and safe food support for the affected families; the urgent supply of sufficient and quality protective equipment for health personnel; provide sufficient swab and serological tests so that they are not denied to people; make the massive distribution of surgical masks or at least three correct layers to vulnerable families and access to permanent water and food for the communities.

"We demand that the Government eliminate the current badly done quarantine measure and that an effective total quarantine be implemented, with exclusive safe-conducts for essential personnel" and then move on to the implementation of effective epidemiological fences in areas of high transmissibility, were others of the requests.

They say  that, before starting the economic reopening, sufficient isolation, hospitalization and intensive beds be guaranteed - at least by health region - as well as the effective appointment of the necessary health personnel. In addition to this, the comprehensive supply of all hospital drugs and early primary care management must be guaranteed to improve Covid-19 survival.

This week the Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced  the first moves to re-opening the economy.

 



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Dr. Matin

I thought Panama's greatest idiots are Cortizo and Co. But obviously the doctors are who can only work with Cortizon and Antibiotics and beside these two major medications have no idea about cancer ( except idiotic radiations surgeries and surgeries and radiations and chemotherapy and chemotherapy) They mostly know absolutely nothing about the job they should do to perfection. And these proven failure doctors are now the ones they lead us away from Covit and they know what the real situation is ? Ha ! You doctors are the same teasers ( witchdoctors) as the teaser doctors in the middle age. You never will be able to learn anything. Mostly every doctor is a living failure. Every year statistically 33.4 % of all deaths in the US are to be counted to medical malpractice. Be proud Doctor X you are one of these death sentence guys.

1 month ago
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jbbrown

Sweden is the model. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/sweden-hit-rare-covid-triple-whammy-no-lockdowns-low-deaths-minimal-economic-damage

1 month ago
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jbbrown

Sweden got it right. Their economy and small businesses survived. The youth of Sweden still have a bright future, Panama not so much.

1 month ago
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Homer

This same medical association is now resisting to have Cuban medics coming to Panama. Over a thousand medical staff in Panama is under quarantine and the government thought, why not bringing in Cubans. Wonder why they are against, could it be that medical care sucks and the Cubans will make it right. In that case you would look stupid. About deaths, It depends on the country, high number of old age, bad diets (Here there is definitely a bad habit eating not healthy because most do not cook and buy in the street), Also the huge medicine intake here, pharmacies are always full because for every little thing a medicine is needed, doctors also like to subscribe like crazy. If comparing Costa Rica with Panama, could be that people there might be more fit and live a more healthy lifestyle and almost forgot, more discipline. Also the lockdown and starving people out for a 80 and now 100 bucks a month will not help either. Better open up and face the beast, when you get it you got it..... and most likely most already had it if we look at studies done in Europe and the US, at least 6 till 9% of their national populations had it. Sickness is a part of our life like anything else in nature, the only creature resisting is the human. We will never beat nature but nature can beat us.

1 month ago
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MHogan

Yes, Respectful, I do a lot of comparing with Costa Rica for a very good reason: more or less same population—Costa Rica just 20% greater; both Latin American countries—been criticized for comparing to S Korea, Sweden, and others whose people are “more disciplined”, so I try to avoid that; both CR and Panama have similar demographics: Demographics is the study of a population based on factors such as age, race, and sex. Demographic data refers to socio-economic information expressed statistically, also including employment, education, income, marriage rates, birth and death rates and more factors — so it seems a valid comparison, does it not. I also have friends in Costa Rica who can readily access HCQ and use it prophalactically as well as they claim it is used in hospitals early in the Covid diagnosis. Last time I checked, they had about 270 deaths. I also know of foreign doctors practising there—my husband flew in in 2019 to a specialized clinic. Great outcome, top equipment, skilled professionals. I can’t say one factor over another is the reason for their high Covid treatment success other than a study was done of multiple European countries and Costa Rica due to they all had similar outcomes: the virus DEATHS peaked, then dropped and continued a downward trend until deaths were negligible and those countries were no longer in an “epidemic” due to low ICU and deaths. They did, however all experience a subsequent rise in “case” numbers but did not affect ICU #’s or deaths. It was concluded that increased testing at this point ONLY served to heighten people’s fear and amounted to a CASEDEMIC. because HCQ was used timely and in correct doses, it was concluded that +/- 80% less ICU/deaths were a consequence. Costa Rica has had approximately 270 deaths to Panama’s 1700 deaths - a 76% difference, close enough to the statistical 80% figure. Critics of Sweden’s success try to claim their COVID deaths are far greater than Panama. Let me counter: considering that Sweden admitted an error by not providing better protection for those in nursing homes and a lot of deaths happened there (panama has no such excuse); Sweden’s pandemic is over with today’s report of 7-day average being 1.4; Panama 7-day average being 21 — that’s with a difference in population of 10million to 4 million (that’s like saying 1.4/deaths/day for Sweden v 52/deaths/day for Panama equivalency). Moreover, Sweden has just about flatlined projected all the way through to 1Nov and Panama still climbs even beyond 1Nov. An explanation in the way of a short video on actual data is interesting as it talks about CASEDEMIC — Panama’s obsession with testing to find more cases. Hope you find the video interesting. https:/twitter.com/FatEmperor/status/129357608413103109

1 month ago
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Respectful

Señor Hogan likes to compare Panama to Costa Rica. If that's fair, then so is comparing Sweden, which he holds up as a model, to Denmark. Sweden's controversial decision not to impose a strict lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic led to too many deaths, the man behind the policy, Anders Tegnell, has acknowledged. Sweden has seen a far higher mortality rate than its nearest neighbours and its nationals are being barred from crossing their borders. Dr Tegnell told Swedish radio more should have been done early on. "There is quite obviously a potential for improvement in what we have done." Sweden has counted 4,542 deaths and 40,803 infections in a population of 10 million, while Denmark, Norway and Finland have imposed lockdowns and seen far lower rates. Denmark has seen 580 deaths, Norway has had 237 deaths and Finland 321. Sweden reported a further 74 deaths on Wednesday. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-52903717

1 month ago
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DevilsAdvocate

One has to wonder how much of the problem is these doctors working in these overrun virus infected hospitals, then at the end of their shifts are free to flathat around the community spreading the virus around their neighborhoods then blaming everyone else for not quarantining properly. Perhaps they would like to set an example by quarantining themselves inside their health facitities and do their jobs for the duration. But of course they are too self important to have any restrictions on themselves; that is only for the unwashed little people.

1 month ago
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Oh ya

Yup poorly trained Doctors blaming everything and everybody else .mr President why cant i buy HCQ ? Are you being paid by big pharma like those in the USA ?

1 month ago
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MHogan

You doctors need to stop whining and do your job, which by the way is quite atrocious. If you don’t know what you’re doing wrong, you don’t have to look far—Costa Rica Is real close. You have on your hands 1,700 deaths to their under 250. Their population is greater, demographics are similar and the populace is not as constrained. So, what’s your problem? Maybe you should compare notes. Hint: they use and allow access to HCQ and obviously know how to use it correctly. Probably other factors come Into the picture but they have a success rate that puts you to shame. And they’re not the only country.

1 month ago
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