This is the time of year that you have to take extra precaution in protecting yourself against being bitten by mosquitoes carrying Dengue.
The Panama Guide has several articles related to the severity this year. There is plenty of information about Dengue on the Internet. If you are not familiar with it, I suggest you do a little Internet surfing.
My eye exam was in the Clinica San Fernando in Panama City. This is a very modern and well equipped medical facility. The actual exam was done by INDELCO (Instituto de Laser y Cirugia Ocular).
I really did not know what to expect on the eye exam. Had I known more about it, I would have prepared better. The exam was basically to take photos of both eyes at 5 minute intervals after an injection of Fluorescein. Continue reading Visit To INDELCO in Clinica San Fernando
Recently, I have had a few people searching for Doctors and finding an old post that references a dead URL. I requested information from the US Embassy and received the following. Unfortunately, these are only in the Panama City area and doesn’t cover the other provinces.
UNITED STATES EMBASSY PANAMA
CONSULAR INFORMATION SHEETS
LIST OF HOSPITALS AND PHYSICIANS IN THE PANAMA CONSULAR DISTRICT
The American Embassy Panama, assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or reputation of the persons or medical facilities whose names appear on the following list.
There are many medical and dental facilities available in Panama City. The telephone numbers of some of these institutions are:
HOSPITAL NACIONAL 207-8100
Hospital Punta Pacifica 204-8000
CENTRO MEDICO PAITILLA 265-8800/269-5222
CLINICA HOSPITAL SAN FERNANDO 229-3800/229-0300
HOSPITAL PEDIATRICO 229-2299/229-2477
SANTO TOMAS HOSPITAL 227-4122/225-1738
(Panama Public Hospital)
PANAMA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 263-7622/7758
All the listed institutions have English speaking physicians.
Continue reading Panama City Doctors
I received the following email message from Lic. Wee-Mingh Fung (President of the Chamber of Tourism of Chiriquí). If you have been watching the news on TV, this will not be any surprise, but I felt it was important to let you know that Panama is not ignoring the situation. Below is my English translation, followed by the original Spanish message.
Hello All, I am forwarding a story of importance.
The World Health Organization is declaring that H1N1 is now a global pandemic. This is the first time this has been done in 41 years. This disease has already affected over 74 countries and more than 27 thousand people in other countries and apparently has not been contained and continues to grow.
This statement can further negatively affect the state of the global economy ….
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Abdiel, please forward this story to the other members of the Chamber of Tourism of Chiriquí.
Lic. Wee-Mingh Fung
Cámara de Turismo de Chiriquí
David, Chiriquí, Panamá
The original Spanish version follows: Continue reading H1N1 Global Pandemic Message
I was in Super99 today and they were checking blood pressure. The people who do the testing are usually medical students from Universidad UNACHI.
Say hello to Einar and Wendy.
I came at 110/80. Have you had your blood pressure tested lately?
I received the following email, which hits on one of my gripes about Panama.
Hi Don: Since moving to Panama, I am wondering why nothing is said or posted by a Dr., regarding the loud music. I don’t mind, but my main worry is with the volume for every event, there should be repercussions with hearing and Panama people. My husband was in the army and on the gun squad and the repeated noise has left him almost deaf on his right side and there is some loss of hearing on the other. Last night approximately 6PM, 2 vans were parked on the street near Super 99 and they were giving pamphlets. You can almost feel the concrete move with the vibration and I had to cover my ears because there is nothing wrong, to date, with my hearing. Panama people should be advised that this is a health issue for them in the future and especially for the children.
Continue reading Worth Discussing
I received the following Yellow Fever email:
From……: Mike Owen
Hi Don. Here is a message I posted on Gringos and Americans in Panama.
FYI. Four of us went today for our yellow fever shots. Talk about an
easy process. In and out in half an hour. Usual amount of paperwork
and signatures but very painless. While we were at the office, I had a
call from a friend in Coronado telling me that lines were “Out the
door” in Panama City. One person waited from 7.00am until closing time
and never got their shot. If you are going to do it, do it now.
I have been planning on getting mine. I guess I will wait and see how Mike does first.
In case you haven’t heard about the latest Chinese products, that are causing health problems, inform yourself before you buy some milk products in Panama. I was just listening to the Panama news and Panama is removing many chocolate and cookie products from the shelves. I don’t have a Panama source, but HERE is a link related to the problem.
The following post was on one of the local Yahoo groups related to new Yellow Fever shot requirements.
UPDATE: Here is an updated post.