Thanks to a donation from the Government of Germany, our country received 100,000 PCR tests this Friday that represent an economic value of 300,000 euros (more than ₡ 219 million) that will contribute to the fight and detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the Costa Rican population.
The donations were delivered at an event at the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA), with the participation of President Carlos Alvarado; the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas; the Vice Chancellor for Bilateral Affairs and International Cooperation, Adriana Bolaños; the German ambassador Martina Nibbeling-Wriessnig and the director of INCIENSA, Lissette Navas.
The kits are part of a donation from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under the leadership of Federal Minister Gerd Müller.
In addition to the supplies, there was a scientific exchange and experiences of one week between personnel of INCIENSA, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), the Ministry of Health and the German team of Rapid Health Intervention (SEEG) in the endowment of laboratories, quality control of the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, management of pandemics and epidemiological monitoring.
The SEEG supports the partner countries of the German cooperation for the development of public strategies to attend and combat outbreaks of infectious diseases.
“2020 has been a challenging year from all points of view, mainly the health and economic one. However, it has allowed us to unite and shake hands with other sister governments such as Germany, which have seen positively the work that Costa Rica is doing to confront the pandemic, ”said President Alvarado.
“This cooperation with the Government of Germany represents a manifestation of the closeness between the two peoples. The excellent state of bilateral relations is manifested in the permanent exercise of the principles of equality, mutual trust, cooperation and mutual benefits, ”said the president.
For her part, Ambassador Martina Nibbeling-Wriessnig stressed that Costa Rica and Germany have handled the pandemic in a similar way, since even in the most difficult moments their priority has been to save lives.
“Germany is committed to technology transfer and high quality standards, and we help strengthen the capacities, training and knowledge of laboratories” around the world, Nibbeling-Wriessnig stressed.