Only 9 Cantons have prevention plans against Covid19

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As part of the strategy of the shared management model “Costa Rica works and takes care of itself”, a total of 26 local governments of the country carried out a self-evaluation, in order to determine the percentage of compliance with the Cantonal Prevention Plans for COVID-19.

At the moment, only Santa Ana, Talamanca, Monteverde, Pococí, Alajuela, Carrillo, Desamparados, Abangares and Guácimo have the plan developed in more than 80%, according to a report provided by the Municipal Emergency Committees (CME).

This self-evaluation allows reviewing the progress and challenges based on the percentage of compliance with the Plan, to reduce the contagion rate. Those local governments that have an execution percentage equal to or greater than 80% of the plan, may opt for greater openness as long as they have a low Cantonal Risk Index.

Alexander Solís, president of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Attention to Emergencies (CNE) indicated his satisfaction with the commitment of the cantons and municipalities that have already presented their plans and indicated that 56 cantons will be presenting the self-evaluation during this week.

“This motivates us to strengthen several actions: the first, that those who obtained 100% remain there and the rest of the Committees strive to present their self-assessments and work in coordination with the government to have safer territories against COVID -19 ”, said the hierarch.

Self-assessments are based on a series of consultations based on five general aspects:

  1. The organization of the CME.
  2. Communication strategies.
  3. Cantonal coordination actions.
  4. Prevention, verification and control activities.
  5. The containment and attention of the emergency due to COVID-19.

Through the continuous improvement of this plan, added to the Cantonal Risk Index (CRI), the opening or restriction measures of each canton will be defined, which includes the authorization or not of open spaces, or the controlled opening where they can only work only essential activities such as supermarkets or pharmacies.

Each Cantonal Plan is dynamic and must be adapted to the needs and risks of each territory. Therefore, the CNE will follow up on the plans through a fortnightly evaluation that consists of working sessions with the liaison officers and the deputy ministers stationed in the territories.

The objective is to evaluate every 15 days the effectiveness of the measures and the continuous improvement of the plans based on the characteristics and needs of each territory.

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