Costa Rica gets new tools in Zika fight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican health ministry received a welcome donation from the Turkish government in the country’s fight against the Zika virus.

20 thermo-fogging machines, laboratory equipment and some recording kits were among the goods obtained, according to a report from the Ministerio de Salud. This act takes place within the wider framework of the government’s plan to implement the Plan de Acción para la Prevención y Control del Zika.

Back in November, health representatives from Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panamá met for workshops for the wider regional plan in the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.

With the financial support from the government of Turkey, the region was able to purchase thermo-fog machines to spray and clear spaces of mosquitos. Of the 120 given, Costa Rica acquired 20, the health ministry said.

24 laboratory equipment kits have also been given for diagnosis of mosquito illnesses. These include: freezers, coolers, pipette sets, incubators, microscopes air conditioners and a dry water bath among others. Of those pieces, Costa Rica received two freezers.

The total investment was $347,000 for the region’s fight, the health ministry said.

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