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August 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 168
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New road
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The Bajos de Chilamate-Vuelta Kooper road will connect to two main cities in Limón.
New road opens to connect with main Limón ports
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After a 44 year long wait, Costa Rica has finally opened the Bajos de Chilamate – Vuelta Kooper road, an infrastructure project that will join together Vuelta Kooper in San Carlos and Chilamate de Sarapiquí in Heredia.

From there, the road will connect to the main route that leads to Puerto Limón and eventually Puerto Viejo. The new works reduce the trip by 27 kilometers, while it usually took drivers 87 kilometers to connect the two points.

To finish it, the government invested $80 million, most of which comes from a loan granted by the Banco de Desarrollo de América Latin and monies coming from several municipalities. To connect the two points, drivers were obliged to pass through the communities de Aguas Zarcas-Venecia-San Miguel and La Virgen, all of them belonging to the Alajuela province.

Right now, the new road only passes through the cantons of San Carlos, Río Cuarto y Sarapiquí.

“The project seeks to improve the connection between the Zone Norte and Caribbean where there is a concentration of important port and agricultural activities,” said Germán Valverde, minister of Public Works.

“There will be an important savings in time and reduced operations costs for the companies.”

The project includes the two 27 km lane, eight bridges in the communities of San Pedro, Río Toro, Quebrada Pericos, Quebrada Campamento, Río Sardinal, Río Cuarto y Río Tres amigos.

The project also has five intersections aimed at separating traditional vehicles from agricultural machinery like tractors. To protect the environment, 12 air passages and eight subterranean passages were placed for the transit of animals.

Other complementary works will be ways of return, ramps of direct passage, elements of security and sidewalks. These complementary works will begin in the last quarter of the year.

Caja almost out of important HIV-AIDS treatment
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The few samples left of the drug Efavirenz, used for the treatment of patients with HIV-AIDS, have been depleted in the pharmacies of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

The drug is more popularly known by its brand name, Sustiva. The institution is currently negotiating loans with El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, and requests the support of the Panamanian Health Organization in exchange for the needed pharmaceutical.

It also started the process of an urgent purchase. The problem originated because the supplier of the product in Costa Rica announced a new delay in the delivery.

According to a statement from the Caja, over 600,000 tablets of Efavirenz were supposed to arrive into the country this Friday. Instead, the company is now saying that will not arrive until next Tuesday Aug. 30.

Meanwhile, the Caja seeks to prevent more than 5,000 patients suffering from disorders due to the lack of this drug. The Caja has called for these patients to approach their hospitals for instructions on what to do while the new drugs arrive.

Pablo Andrés Cordero, head of the drug management area, confirmed possible sanctions could be held against the provider for this breach of contract. As of now, hospitals have delivered treatments for less than 30 days.

Efavirenz is used for patients with HIV-AIDS treatment in the infectology and immunology services, in the early stages of the disease or as maintenance therapy.

It is prescribed in combination with other antiretrovirals. These therapies, although they do not cure the disease, lengthen the expectation and quality of life by preventing the virus from multiplying in the body.

Efavirenz pill
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services photo      
Caja supply of this pill is almost depleted.

According to the Caja, the 600,000 tablets have a total cost of $51,600. Other deliveries are expected in September and December.

“HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection,” according to the United States’ National Library of Medicine. “This puts you at risk for serious infections and certain cancers. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV. Not everyone with HIV develops AIDS.”

HIV is often spread through unprotected sex, sharing needles or coming in contact with blood. Women can also pass it on to their babies during pregnancy. Currently, there are treatments but no cure for the disease.


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