OPINION: US doctors Panama legacy

860Views 2Comments Posted 11/08/2018

A scientific research institution of tropical medicine was established 90 years ago between the governments of Panama and the United States. That laboratory commemorated the brilliant American physician William Gorgas, who was in charge of the sanitation of the area that would be transformed into the Panama Canal.

Gorgas had the vision to clean up the cities of Panama and Colon because he understood that plagues and epidemics know no borders. His legacy is impressive: since 1908, the territory that he healed has not had yellow fever. For almost 70 years the laboratory conducted studies of tropical medicine with a traditional scientific approach.

When Panama transformed it into the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (Icges), it added the social perspective that put it  in tune with the times. The Gorgas has been an incubator of great discoveries and the seedbed of brilliant Panamanian scientists,

like Pedro Galindo, Marcos de Obaldía, Néstor Sosa, Jorge Motta, María Magela Brenes, Aida de Rivera, Guillermo Castro, Arlene Calvo and others who have contributed to build the national scientific wisdom, contributing to universal knowledge from Panama. Our country to focus on more research and innovation since that is the path that will take us to sustainable human development. That is the route that Gorgas has built for humanity …LA PRENSA, Aug. 11

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Ramona Rhoades

Question: I thought Gorgas Hospital was no more. The only hospitals you hear of in the City are the SS Hospital; Nacional; Paitilla; Punta Pacifico; Santa Fe; San Fernando; Children's; Santo Tomas. Santa Tomas is a Public hospital, not provate, and is where Energency emergency un-insured patients are taken.

10 months ago

I hope Panama's government maintains the research and reputation of Gorgas hospital as the hospital has a long history of being one of the best hospitals in Latin America.

10 months ago
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