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Approximately 22,000 people in Panama suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative disease, according to a private study presented to the National Assembly (AN) during a day of awareness about this condition.
"It is estimated that by 2030 more than 47,000 Panamanians will have this disease," said a statement from the AN, which said the data is in a study prepared "by a multinational company in Panama engaged in the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology".
The parliament said Thursday in a public statement that in the commemoration of the "World Alzheimer's Day" on September 21, each year, the Department of Opportunity Equalization made a tour of several directions to raise awareness in the staff about the disease.
The workers of the Parliament "were given a small talk on prevention regarding the first symptoms of this condition, and, how to react when a case is presented in the family".
The head of the Opportunities Equalization Department of the Human Resources Department, Lorena de Santos, reported that it is a degenerative and irreversible disorder of the brain, which causes disorientation and eventual intellectual death.