The main hospitals in the metropolitan area of Panama have intensive care units (ICUs) with more than 90% capacity, due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 disease that are being reported.
This was stated by Julio Sandoval, national coordinator of Intensive Care Units and member of the Coronavirus
Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health (Minsa
) at "The Situation of Covid
-19 in Panama" conference, organized by the Association of Medical Students from the University of Panama.
Sandoval mentioned that across the country there is a 39% (179) availability of beds for ICUs and semi-intensive care units, out of a total of 458.
However, Sandoval said that this percentage is misleading because in the metropolitan region the main hospitals are at the limit, even the areas enabled in private hospitals to serve patients with Covid
-19, whose capacity - number of beds - he did not specify.
The projections prepared by the Minsa
advisory team show that, if the transmission of Covid
-19 is not stopped, by June 30 there will be 1,337 new hospitalized patients in the ward and 334 in the ICU.
Until yesterday, the Minsa
reported a total of 551 hospitalized, of which 449 are in the ward and 102 in the ICU.