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ELAM Graduate Named Health Minister of Costa Rica

ELAM Graduate Named Health Minister of Costa Rica

Oakland, CA, July 3, 2017 – MEDICC congratulates Dr. Karen Mayorga Quirós, an ELAM graduate, on her appointment as Minister of Health in Costa Rica as of June 29, 2017.  Undoubtedly, she will bring her training in social medicine, prevention, health education, and population health to bear on her new office. This month on July 20, ELAM will graduate its 12th class of doctors trained to work with and for the world’s underserved populations.

(translation of CubaDebate article follows)

The President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, has named Dr. Karen Mayorga Quirós as the new Minister of Health, beginning June 29.

Mayorga is a surgeon who hold Master’s degrees in Health Management and Quality Management.  She is a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.

Starting in 2015, the new Minister worked as coordinator of the General Audit of Health Services, and beginning in 2010 she worked for the Ministry of Health as Director of Siquirres and Matina health areas [in Limón Province]. Previously, she worked as doctor for the Social Security Fund of Costa Rica, in the Guápiles health area.

Mayorga will be in charge of biomedical research in Costa Rica, and of deepening improvements in health surveillance and vector control, reinforcing the continual improvement and simplification of procedures in health product registration, elevating the efficiency and efficacy of health services, as well as those services offered by the Ministry itself.

Furthermore, she will take on the culmination of the necessary processes in health-related matters for the country to join the OECD.

Her appointment will allow the ex-Minister, Fernando Llorca Castro, to move on to directing the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, after the resignation of the ex-chief María del Rocío Saénz.

References in Spanish:

June 29:  http://www.elpais.cr/2017/06/29/karen-mayorga-es-la-nueva-ministra-de-salud/

June 30:  www.cubadebate.cu/cuba/2017/06/30/graduada-de-la-elam-es-nombrada-ministra-de-salud-en-costa-rica/