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Hospital San Juan de Dios pharmacy opening on Saturdays now
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This coming Saturday, Hospital San Juan de Dios’ pharmacy will open Saturdays for medication pickups for patients that bring a prescription on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

According to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the decision was made so that users can have more options and avoid flooding the pharmacy with multiple orders and pickups during the week.

Dr. Ana Arias Herrera, director of the San Juan de Dios pharmacy service, said that they were experiencing peak hours during the week where the demand increases considerably and causes attendance to slow. She said that the busiest hours were between 9 to 11 in the morning despite the pharmacy’s schedule for medication pickup to be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Satuday’s schedule will be from 7:30 a.m. To 2:30 p.m. And users must enter via the entrance along Avenida Sexta. On average, the pharmacy at the hospital processes more than 4,200 prescriptions each day.

According to Dr. Ileana Balmaceda Arias, the director-general for the hospital, officials are working on a series of improvements to streamline the service and ask those insured to take advantage of Saturdays to take out prescriptions.

Meanwhile, the pharmacy’s director said that the Caja ruled that patients suffering from chronic illness and have monthly treatments prescribed can withdraw their medications at the clinics. The first prescription is presented at the hospital pharmacy but then monthly prescriptions following that can be processed at the clinic, the Caja said.

Conavi to receive final designs on major renovation of Ruta 32
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad is moving forward in reaching a few of its goals based on its latest statements that came out this week.

Conavi, as it is more commonly referred, said it will receive the final designs for the extension and repair of over 107 kilometers constituting Ruta 32 between the crossing at Río Frío and Limón. This will come by the end of this month, the council said.

According to Germán Valverde, the minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, once received, the administration has 45 calendar days to review the plans and approve them, which is a process where additional adjustments could be requested if necessary.

“The Administration’s goal is to start work on Ruta 32 before the end of the year,” he said.

“While Chec is moving forward with the designs, the administrations has been working hard on all previous requirements such as: coordinating with other institutions for the placing of public funds and services, contracting the two archaeological studies, cadastral survey of expropriations among others.”

The public works ministry said that the work would begin with reinforcing and repairing the 36 existing bridges along the way while the reallocation of funds is completed.

Valverde said that 1,400 properties have been identified and need to be expropriated in whole or in part but did say that this number could be reduced upon a second verification that is currently taking place.

This essentially means that those properties are about to be seized under the Costa Rican comparative of issuing eminent domain.

“During the process, 1,800 invasions of the right of way have also been identified, which is an aspect that also undergoes a second revision,” the ministry said. Meanwhile, Chec is in the process of beginning its archaeological study requested by the Comisión Arqueológica Nacional along the stretch of the road within four months.

Ruta 32
                              lane closed
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo     
Ruta 32 reduced to one lane. The route is frequently experiencing road projects.

Ruta 32
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo     
Keeping the roads fresh and clear is a challenge for crews during rainy season.

The ministry and Conavi are also down south to aid in cleaning up parts of the Interamericana South between Palmar Norte and Paso Real, the institute said. This 35-kilometer stretch was hit with multiple landslides on Tuesday resulting from heavy rains.

The construction company, MECO, has been carrying out the cleaning work. Alternative routes away from the Interamericana are through Costanera Sur and San Vito. Both routes are operating without incident, Conavi said.

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