23 January 2020 – Panama activates the health emergency operations center (CODES) – containment measures

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Executive Office, Health, Immigration, Local Government, Police and Interior Affairs, Research and Development, Social Services
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives; Planning and strategy
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health who presides
Several members of the directories of the Ministry of Health (i.e. head of epidemiology, public health, planning, services provision, healt promotion, etc)
Social Security Services (CSS)
Gorgas Insititute
Representative from inmigration
National nursing services
Medical directors of National Hospitals
National director of Civil Protection (SINAPROC)
National Security Council

Overview: The activation of the health emergency operations center (CODES), is ordered in the framework of the international health alert decreed by PAHO / WHO, in relation to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), in different countries with origin in China.

Public Health authorities, executive branch.

Monitor and recommend actions and initiate response preparations in the event that any intervention is necessary due to the international health alert declared by PAHO / WHO in relation to 2019-nCoV.
Declare a preventive alert (DECLARA ALERTA VERDE DE SALUD), as of January 22, 2020. This type of alert is declared once a phenomenon that may affect public health or the operation of the health system is identified, which depending on its evolution may require the adoption of extraordinary measures.

Specific measures:
Identification of the resources necessary for the national response
Surveillance and monitoring the threat and evolution of the scenario
Coordination with scientific entities and others linked to the event
Implementation and monitoring of operational plans for response to biological events
Preparation of reports on the health situation for decision-making
Update resource inventory for national response
Full details here: http://www.minsa.gob.pa/sites/default/files/general/resolucion_075_de_23_de_enero_de_2020.pdf

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), National legislations i.e. Sanitary Code
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Law 51 of December 27, 2005, which establishes that the Social Security Services (CSS) and the Ministry of Health execute the planning and functional coordination of health services.
Law 66 of November 10, 1947, which approves the sanitary code and establishes the obligations of the Ministry of Health and the official actions of the government, as well as the control of all unsafe factors of local or national importance.
Law 38 of April 2011, which adopted the international health regulation (RSI-2005), as a law of the republic, constituting an international legal and binding instrument on measures to prevent the international transmission of diseases.