COSTA RICA NEWS — The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) officials announced Monday that the Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela and the Hospital Nacional de Niños (Children’s hospital in San José) will be the “referral” shoptial for treating patients with Ebola if the disease arrives in Costa Rica.

The hospitals near the borders areas will also have special training.

As of the tools and biosecurity equipment, the CCSS said that their inventory counts with 25.920 respirators, 18.890 gows and enough gloves, head and eyewear.

For its part the the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health), says that the protocols are in place to attend suspected patients at border controls and medical centres.

Officials say the country will continue with the international alert issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and will performing training and mock patient care in the coming days.

While Salud is responsible for national health matters, the CCSS is responsible for patient care at state hospitals and clinics, also known as Ebaís.

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