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Panama’s Historic Gorgas Building Tour. The Gorgas Institute for the Study of Health ( Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud (ICGES) ) is a mysterious place for many Panamanians and foreigners alike, who only know about it when a virus is attacking the country and this research facility comes out with an answer or a vaccine. In order to give the public a better understanding of what this organization does, the Gorgas will open its doors on Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday, February 5 and will offer guided tours and other activities.
“Gorgas Open Doors” is an initiative of this research lab and the Panama Municipality. Located in Ave. Justo Arosemena, the ICGES is part of the neighborhood of Calidonia, where the Mayor’s office is working on the historical rescue of the “Barrio La Exposición”, which is of particular importance due to its cultural and heritage identity, which narrates Panama City republican history.
The Gorgas was created in 1921 by the then president of Panama, Belisario Porras (who was a medical doctor) as a tribute to Doctor William C. Gorgas, who eradicated yellow fever during the Panama Canal construction. It is mainly dedicated to health research and tropical diseases prevention. Currently the ICGES staff is in the process of moving to the new Gorgas Campus, in Chivo Chivo, Ancón, near the City of Health (Ciudad de Salud) where the future National Oncological Institute will be built.
“Open doors” is an event organized by the two institutions, where the public will be able to know the efforts made to rescue the historical neighborhood with projects like the refurbishment of the ICGS among others to motivate people to live in this metropolitan area.
The three day agenda includes activities for children and adults such as: an urban mobility forum, scientific collection exhibitions, scientific research workshops and new spaces for cultural and recreation use among others.
The “Open Doors” schedule is as follows: Friday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m and Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m. The entrance is free.