By Elida Moreno
The Panamanian government announced that it will hire foreign doctors amid the rebound in coronavirus infections, that forced the health authorities to anticipate new restrictions during the end of the year festivities to try to stop the outbreak, announced the Minister of Health, Luis Sucre.
Panama has experienced a growing increase in COVID-19 cases after starting the gradual reopening of the economy, which brought with it an increase in hospitalized patients, and increased demand for health services.
“The national government has made the decision to bring foreign doctors from the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba with the aim of strengthening the health system and guaranteeing care for the Panamanian population ", affirmed the minister.
Sucre said that hiring foreign medical personnel became necessary given the increase in the capacity of the hospital infrastructure in anticipation of a greater rebound in cases., and the unsuccessful search for sufficient specialized personnel after several calls.
The doctors will be specialists hired under the specifications of Panamanian laws, said a source from the medical union.
Panama is the Central American country with the highest incidence of COVID-19 with 196,987 accumulated cases throughout the country, of which 3,411 passed away, according to the Ministry of Health.