In the country, since 2000 a 40% decrease in this disease cases and a 45% decrease in mortality due to this type of cancer has been achieved.
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Published Thursday, November 19, 2020

Costa Rica goal: eradicating
cervical cancer by 2030

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Health authorities have accepted the challenge of being part of the first group of countries in the world to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030, Social Security announced.

According to Social Security, in order to achieve the goal, there must be high coverage in the papilloma vaccine, detection and treatment of precancerous lesions, and cancer treatment must be achieved soon.

This could be accomplished if the following parameters are met:

• 90% of girls are fully immunized with an HPV vaccine before they turn 15 years old.

• 70% of women screened with a high precision test before age 35 and again before age 45.

• 90% of women diagnosed with cervical cancer receive treatment.

In the country, since 2000 a 40% decrease in this disease cases and a 45% decrease in mortality due to this type of cancer has been achieved, according to Mario Ruiz Cubillo, medical manager of Social Security.

This year the coverage of the papilloma vaccine is 90% in the first dose and 67% in the second dose. Therefore Ruiz calls on the families of the 23% of girls who don't receive the first dose to seal the protection with the second dose.

Social Security is also facing the health crisis caused by the pandemic. According to the recent report, more than 90% of covid-19 cases were treated in public hospitals or clinics.

Regarding the development of covid-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday a continuous increase in deaths and newly infected patients.

The ministry provides the following statistics of the evolution of the virus in the country:

• 1,422 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 47,186 active cases

• 18,884 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 127,012 cases since March, approximately 14.8% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients. But since October, there is no updated information about foreign-born deaths due to covid-19.

• 496 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 216 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from a 1-year-old to a 99-year-old). And 280 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 78,238 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 61.6% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 357.158 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

• 1,588 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 602 women and 986 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 101-year-old person.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, CSSE, at Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed 1,347,778 people worldwide.

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