Colombian Banana Growers' Union Calls for Accelerated Testing of COVID-19

The 20-day delay in delivering the results of the COVID-19 tests since they were taken has led the Colombian Banana Growers' Association (Augura) to demand that the Healthcare Providers' Companies (EPS) in the Urabá and Magdalena regions speed up this process in order to detect new cases quickly and prevent the spread of the disease among workers in the sector.

"We demand agility from the EPSs in tests and results of COVID-19 in Urabá and Magdalena. From Augura we have efficiently implemented the due biosafety protocol in team with Sintrainagro. Taking care of the health of our employees, their families and the community is a priority for the union. We have joined forces with other public and private entities to strengthen the health system and support the most vulnerable communities," says Augura.

This agribusiness has been a pioneer in the implementation of the biosafety protocol, hand in hand with the unions. Augura has been a model at the national level in protecting its employees, according to the Ministry of Labour. "As a sector we are making an effort to preserve 100% of the direct jobs which are around 35,000 in the country and which provide a livelihood for 150,000 Colombian families. We need the collaboration of the population of Urabá and Magdalena to respect the guidelines of the authorities," added Augura's president, Emerson Aguirre Medina.



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