Thirteen thousand two hundred masks manufactured by the National Learning Institute (INA) will allow workers from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), who work in the direct care of patients with COVID-19, to have adequate supplies for their personal protection.
The delivery was made in the presence of President Carlos Alvarado, the executive president of the CCSS, Román Macaya, and the general manager of the INA, Sofía Ramírez, during a visit to the Caja Distribution Center, in Curridabat, from where they are received, they store, list and distribute products for the institution’s health facilities.
Alvarado acknowledged that the emergency by COVID-19 has revealed the joint muscle and the unity that exists in Costa Rican DNA. “The inter-institutional work in this has been key, the public-public and public-private union has been showing how immense Costa Rica can be,” he said.
“Three months ago Costa Rica had no experience in designing many materials. Today we are able to design masks, swabs or different types of protective equipment. This is achieved thanks to the joint work of the CCSS, which has the experience of using them, while the INA, the UCR, the TEC have the capacity to produce them and the knowledge to do them, “said the President.
Macaya pointed out that “these supplies represent a great opportunity to provide an adequate personal protection option to the officials of the institution who are in the direct care of health services, and also to show the capacity that our country has in development of inputs of this type at a time when there are supply difficulties throughout the world ”.
The masks were produced at the Innovatio 3D Printing and Modeling Laboratory, located at the INA headquarters, and was developed thanks to the joint work of the institution’s teachers, CCSS staff and Technological officials. of Costa Rica (TEC).
“The development of the manufacturing process of the equipment that we deliver to the Fund is a concrete example of the importance of public-private partnerships to respond to country needs. In addition, this project allowed our staff to generate knowledge that will later be transferred to the productive sector, which will also impact the process of economic reactivation, ”said INA Executive President Andrés Valenciano.
The donation of these masks reinforces the different actions carried out by the CCSS to ensure that its officials have protection equipment of proven quality, in response to the limitation that currently exists in the market, due to global demand for this type of input.