The director of the Social Security Fund (CSS) of Panama, Alfredo Martiz, today announced his resignation, amid a severe crisis of drug shortages, among other problems, that has dragged this institution for many years.
Martiz’s resignation was presented Thursday to the board of directors of the institution, after about 16 months in office, and it will become effective from next September 1.
Representatives of the board of the CSS confirmed to local media Martiz’s resignation, after assuring that the decision was personal and for his family’s peace of mind.
Martiz is the third director to resign from office at this social security entity so far in the current government administration, according to the Panamanian media.
In the government of President Juan Carlos Varela the Social Security institution has been headed by Estivenson Girón, then Rubén López and Martiz, since April 2017.
So far it is unknown who will replace him, but the sub-director Julio García Valarini will remain, local media reported.
Martiz resigns amidst a crisis that affects this public health entity, one of the most important in the country, due to the shortage of medicines and supplies, and the death of 21 newborns in July in a hospital of the capital.
Alfredo Martiz, as well as a doctor, was a diplomat, being an ambassador in Taiwan and head of diplomatic mission of Panama in Japan during the government of former President Martin Torrijos (2004-2009).