Caja urges vacationers to carry a first aid kit on their travels

The nation’s health agency wants those going on vacation to carry first aid items

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said last week that vacationers should carry a medical kit if they are going into the mountains or other places where clinics are some distance away.

The biggest problems, said the Caja, is dehydration, insect bits, sunburn and allergies provoked by certain plants.

Ana Catalina Venegas, pharmaceutical coordinator at Hospital San Juan de Dios, was quoted in a Caja release. She said vacationers also should carry a list of emergency telephone numbers.

Among other items in the first aid kit could be alcohol gel, bandages, disinfectant soap, gloves, scissors, tweezers, a magnifying glass, over-the-counter pills to reduce inflammation and sterile water to wash out injuries.

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