Monthly Archives: February 2017

(Blood: type O pos) needed in Hospital Regional

I received a request to post the following

My wife Erika has a friend in Hospital Regional who needs type O pos blood. She has had several operations and recently they went in surgically to see what was wrong again and decided to leave her intestines outside of her body for observation. That’s my understanding of what Erika told me.
She has no children and her family lives in Puerto Armuelles. She basically is alone there in the hospital. We asked her if she wanted us to bring her anything and she said she needed type O pos. We asked her if she wanted us to visit and are awaiting her answer.
Her name is Deika Zulema Pimentel. She is 45 years old and single.
She said yes we could visit. She is very much alone in this world, so, If anyone out there feels like cheering someone up who needs it. I think it would do her worlds of good.
We have been talking with her by Facebook. When we visit her this afternoon we will get her cell number.
Thanks in advance Don,
Chris Smoot

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens:

U.S. Embassy in Panama

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

February 10, 2017

Today, February 10, 2017, the SUNTRACS (Sindicato Unico Nacional de Trabajadores de la Construccion y Similares)  union (and others) have threatened protests and road closures “across the country”.  It is the Embassy’s understanding that the protest leaders are meeting this morning to determine what they are going to do and where.  Subsequently, the Embassy does not have a good read-out of the scope or location of possible protests and road closures.  We have seen unconfirmed media reports of protests planned on Calle 50 at McDonalds, line 2 of the metro, in Costa del Este, near Ciudad Hospitalaria, and on Avenida Peru.

Some schools are closed for the day, while others remain open.  The main concern seems to be the unpredictability of the impact of possible road closures on bus routes this afternoon.

All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.  U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information about security in Panama:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Panama Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Panama, located at Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama, at+507-317-5030, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +507-317-5000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).