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Judicial Branch officials satisfied with the interdisciplinary team work established in response to the Covid- 19

Panama, September 11, 2020. For Blanca Solano Castillero, Magistrate in the Superior Court of the Fourth Judicial District, which includes the provinces of Herrera and Los Santos, one of the most appreciated characteristics of the work carried out by the interdisciplinary team established by UNODC in the Judicial Branch is that they cover all the offices at the national level.

"I think it is an excellent measure of prevention and guidance for all employees of this institution," said Magistrate Solano and added that having this team in the institution they feel safer, knowing that (the multidisciplinary team) will be evaluating the conditions and alternatives of the institution, making recommendations to the staff that must make decisions, to the Magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice, who, with this advice, may provide the most convenient biosecurity measures for all.

The presence of the multidisciplinary team allows the staff to be more aware of the security measures that each one must apply or adopt at work, at home, in the environment and at all times".

He underlines that, in this way, the recommendations that MINSA and our institution have been disseminating are reinforced, applying precise measures that are in line with the prevailing reality.

Magistrate Solano had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Elsa Granda, who leads the team, and with Engineer Eduardo Martínez:

"It seemed to me that they were very aware of the work to be done and the purposes of the institution".

For her part, Sandra Quiroz is the Administrative Assistant of the First Judicial District of the Judicial Branch. She indicates that now that the multidisciplinary team is developing prevention work in her workplace she feels "safer and more protected". She also indicates that the Judicial Branch has a multidisciplinary team to advise them on Covid-19 matters, which she considers an excellent initiative since it allows for improved prevention measures.

Made up of a doctor specialized in occupational health and safety, an industrial engineer with a specialization in public health and an emphasis on occupational health, and four other professionals; in a little less than a month of management, this team has visited a significant number of offices in the four Judicial Branch Districts carrying out sensory evaluations, virtual talks, training for the Special Health and Hygiene Committees and Sub-Committees, offering face-to-face talks and recording educational capsules that address different aspects of biosafety.