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Bajos de Chilamate-Vuelta Kooper road
will connect to two main cities in
|New road opens
to connect with main Limón ports
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
|“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
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
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
|Caja almost out
of important HIV-AIDS treatment
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
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
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
Dept. of Health and Human Services
supply of this pill is almost depleted.
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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