Covid in Colombia: They are asking for home tests and free sale | government | Economie
National Federation of Traders (Falco) Request to sell free home tests to detect COVID-19.
(See: All Covid vaccines work against all variants: WHO).
This was stated by the president of the Traders’ Union, Jaime Alberto Cabal, in a letter sent to Health Minister Fernando Ruiz before the alert to the increase in infections due to the variable. Omicron.
mention that”Due to their effectiveness, speed and costs, the sale of these devices can greatly help mitigate the rapid progress of the omicron variant in the country.“.
(See: What Colombia and Latin America need to get COVID-19 under control.)
Given the increasing wave of infections in the world, he indicated that governments such as the United States are providing residents with homemade COVID-19 tests to reduce pressure on the health system and speed up results, which is currently A critical issue to try to control this possibility.
According to Cabal, it is worrying that currently in Colombia it is not possible to detect infections quickly due to the lack of timely access to the free tests conducted by EPS, Because of the high costs of those made by individuals, which range between 100,000 and 300,000 pesos, and delays in results, which may take between 3 and 4 days each.
(See: The French president’s “attack” on those who are not vaccinated.)
“Therefore, we believe that the commercialization of these over-the-counter home tests becomes a public health priority for the country.Kabal tells the health minister.
In his opinion, “The use of these products and their free trade will allow them, voluntarily and quickly, to detect or exclude cases of coronavirus infection, and they will contribute significantly to the family economy due to their low value, and will help relieve the congestion of health systems in cases of mild doubt. It will lead to preventive results by the population“.
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