Costa Rica executes preventive measures against COVID-19 in indigenous territories

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The Government of the Republic, through the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE), the Ministry of Health, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and the Vice-Ministry of Citizen Dialogue, work together with different indigenous organizations and communities in a series of preventive actions against COVID-19 in indigenous territories.

In this context, the Ministry of Health issued a series of technical guidelines – mandatory for all health officials – in order to work on containment and prevention. For this, the entity focused on community participation work, communication actions, suspicious cases approach and potential patient care.

The measures issued include, among others, communication channels close to the population, recognition of traditional figures and potential transfers due to the geographic and logistical complexities that most communities in indigenous territories present.

For their part, the regional directorates of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) work, among other actions, on the dissemination of messages in Cabécar, Bribri, Ngäbere and the Maleku language on hygiene protocols and develop didactic materials under the motto “Shield Covid-19 ”.

In a meeting held this Tuesday with government representatives, actions to improve prevention were agreed, such as the possibility of producing new materials with cultural relevance, the prioritization of communities to serve, which will be provided with a kit with cleaning supplies, among others.

The Vice Minister of the Presidency, Randall Otárola, specified that work is being done under the operating scheme of the Emergency Operating Committee to transfer guidelines and supplies to indigenous territories. “We coordinate actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to abide by the provisions of the Ministry of Health to protect families, all from a respectful perspective of the cultures of each of the indigenous peoples, “said the hierarch.

The Ministry of Health, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Care and all public institutions work to care for indigenous people and all people in the country.

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