13 February 2020 – Approval of the Informed Consent Form for registration of information by international arrivals and by the contacts of all confirmed cases

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Foreign Affairs, Health, Immigration, Tourism, Transportation
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health (MINSA)
Tocumen International Airport
Inmigration Services
Panama Port Authority

Overview: Approval of the Informed Consent Form for registration of information for the risk of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, which must be signed by every person who enters the national territory from one of the countries with transmission of the new Coronavirus and also to be filed by for all contacts of all confirmed cases.

Full details here: http://www.minsa.gob.pa/sites/default/files/general/resolucion_177_de_13_de_febrero_de_2020.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Health code of Law 66 of 1947, which empowers MINSA to take the necessary measures to eliminate any cause of communicable disease or special mortality, as well as the control of all unhealthy factors of local or national importance.
Resolution No. 75 of January 23, 2020, through which the Health Emergency Operations Center (CODES) is activated, with the purpose of monitoring and recommending actions under the health alert declared by WHO.
The change in alert category established by WHO as it raised the threat by 2019-nCoV to * HIGH * on January 27, 2020, encouraging member states to strengthen surveillance activities to early detect patients with acute respiratory diseases, give follow up on their contacts, isolate and care for infected patients and the possibility of receiving travelers from countries where there is transmission.
Executive Decree No. 64 of January 28, 2020, which empowers MINSA to implement ordinary and extraordinary measures in order to prevent and control the risk arising from 2019-nCoV.