Friday, 4 December 2020

Foreigners represent 14% of the patients treated for covid-19 in hospitals

CCSS implemented 7 strategies for this population

QCOSTARICA – Of the 410,000 people with inquiries related to the new coronavirus at the medical centers of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), between March 6 and September 30, 14% were foreigners.

The data were provided by the CCSS within the framework of the II Migration Day conference, organized by the National Directorate of Migration and Foreigners.

- Advertisement -

The figure makes it possible to specify the weight of migrants on CCSS services provided during the pandemic and discard versions disseminated on social networks, that foreigners monopolize clinics and hospitals.

The misinformation encouraged protests actions in June by residents of those communities against the installation of shelters to isolate workers infected with COVID-19.when the northern part of the country was the most affected by the virus.

A similar situation occurred in Pocosol, San Carlos, when neighbors in the area prevented health authorities from installing an isolation center in a local hotel.

Mario Ruiz, medical manager of the CCSS, stressed that the institution works under the principles of equity, equality, unity, and universalization, which means that medical attention must be provided to people who require it regardless of their migratory status.

- Advertisement -

The official stressed that under the conditions imposed by the pandemic, it is even more necessary to comply with that obligation.

The 14% is equivalent to some 57,000 foreigners, who were treated in the outpatient, emergency and hospitalization services.

Ruiz added that, in outpatient consultations, for each foreigner ther were three nationals and in the emergency services, 2.5 Costa Ricans were treated for each foreigner.

According to the Ministry of Health, to Wednesday, October 21, 16,285 foreigners tested positive for covid-19 or 16% of the total infected.


To comply with the care of migrants, the CCSS has been developing, since March, seven strategies in coordination with other state entities and international organizations.

For this, the United Nations organization transferred ¢1 billion colones to the CCSS for work that included containment at border posts with personnel dedicated to identifying people with symptoms, to later be quarantined; search for positive cases and close contacts between the regular and irregular migrant population in neighborhoods; the installation of shelters to isolate people who did not have the conditions to comply with the quarantine; and, finally, an agreement was signed with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Acnur) to insure 6,000 refugees for one year.

- Advertisement -



- Advertisement -
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Costa Rica formalizes contract with Pfizer and BioNTech for covid-19 vaccine

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica has signed the legal manufacturing and supply...

Bankruptcy not a claim for employers to avoid paying Aguinaldo

QCOSTARICA - Some 215,772 workers will not receive their Aguinaldo (Christmas...


AyA Out of Control: Ombudswoman denounces utility

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Ombudswoman, Catalina Crespo, denounced that the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - the national water uitlity - is...

ECLAC: Foreign investment in Latin America will fall around 50% in 2020

QCOSTARICA - The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) estimates that Latin America and the Caribbean is the region forecast to...

Call for a Redoubled Commitment to Eradicating the “Shadow Pandemic” of Violence against Women and Girls in the Region

QREPORTS (ECLAC) - Latin America and the Caribbean has been a pioneer in forging a Regional Gender Agenda since 1977, but it should not...

Costa Rica and Canada celebrate 100 years of official relations

QCOSTARICA - To celebrate 100 years of official relations between Costa Rica and Canada, a commemorative medal was coined which highlights, among other things,...

Bankruptcy not a claim for employers to avoid paying Aguinaldo

QCOSTARICA - Some 215,772 workers will not receive their Aguinaldo (Christmas bonus) as they imagined at the start of the year. That is the number...

Saturated with covid-19 patients, Perez Zeledon hospital makes forced “megatransfer”

QCOSTARICA - About 60 officials from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), worked in coordination with the Fuerza Publica (National Police) and Policia...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.