Authorities expand hospital capacity in the face of critical situation in Panama due to COVID-19
The National Director of Medical Provisions of the Ministry of Health of Panama, Yelkis Gill, said that given the critical situation that hospital capacity is experiencing in the country as a result of COVID-19, beds have been increased in some hospitals and medical facilities.
114 beds have been set up for moderate patients and a Respiratory Care Unit at the Specialized Higher Technical Institute (ITSE) in Tocumen. In addition, an 8-bed room was set up at the Nicolás A. Solano Hospital for Respiratory Care Units (UCRE), and the cafeteria area was adapted for 25 moderate-care beds.
This weekend the Campaña Hospital will be installed at the Santiago Barraza Polyclinic in La Chorrera and the transfer of ward patients will be coordinated with the Nicolás A. Solano Hospital.
While in the Santo Tomás Hospital a 31-bed room is enabled for moderate patients and this Friday a second 40-bed UCRE room was enabled in Figali, with which 100% of the infrastructure will be completed.
Dr. Gill added that the Luis "Chicho" Fábrega Hospital in Santiago de Veraguas is working on the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and on the adaptation of wards of the old hospital, where 20 more beds will be installed.