El Mundo de Costa Rica – “Renal insufficiency cases duplicate in Guanacaste”

San Jose. April 20th. (elmundo.cr)

Each day, more people are being diagnosed with renal insufficiency in Guanacaste, according to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CC.SS). The number of cases has doubled in that area in recent months.

“One of the critical aspects is that we’re dealing with young persons, who are heads of families that are leaving children orphaned”, stated the director of the Hospital de Liberia, Seidy Herrera.

For example, according to epidemiological studies conducted by CC.SS, the hospitalization rate due to chronic renal insufficiency in Guanacaste is 112.9 per 100,000 inhabitants; meanwhile that same rate in Cartago, the province with the second highest number of cases, is 43.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.

According to Dr. Roy Wong, CC.SS’ spokesperson, among those affected persons you mainly find farmhands, with exhausting work schedules, who are exposed to high temperatures with a low educational level.

Prior to this, CC.SS announced through a press release that they are taking a series of measures, such as expediting pensions for these people, as well as assurance procedures.

Similarly, they state they are implementing the “Healthy Kidney” strategy in this province, in order to sensitize the population about the importance of hydration, avoiding heat overexposure and self-medicating.

By Irina Grajales Navarrete, for El Mundo de Costa Rica

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