New director of social security fund in Panama takes office amidst crisis

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  • Sat, 09/01/2018 - 19:59
Julio García Valarini
  • EFE

The new director of the Social Security Fund of Panama, Julio García Valarini, took office and said the drug supply problem affecting the entity for years is one of his main concerns.

García Valarini took office after the resignation on August 16 of his predecessor, Alfredo Martiz, who became the third director to resign so far in the current Administration, the Ministry of Health reported today.

During Juan Carlos Varela's government, whose term began in July 2014, the institution was administered by Estivenson Girón and Rubén López.

García Valarini is an otolaryngologist at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama and since the end of 2014 directed the so-called National Census of Preventive Health, said the Panamanian Ministry.

The new director takes office amidst the crisis affecting this public health entity, one of the most important in the country, due to medicine and supply shortage and the death of 21 infants in a hospital of the capital in July.


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