Belize City, Belize, May 1, 2020 (PAHO) - To support the fight against COVID-19, PAHO/WHO Belize continues to donate equipment and much needed medical supplies to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Central Medical Laboratory (CML).
On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, PAHO/WHO Representative to Belize, Dr. Noreen Jack, presented the Ministry of Health with additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including:
- 100 each of shield line isolation gowns, MPR-70103 universal/yellow
- 420 each of Alpha Pro Tech N-95 particulate respirators
- 500 boxes (100 per box) of Nitracare nitrile examination gloves (large)
- 500 boxes (100 per box) of Nitracare nitrile examination gloves (medium)
- 500 boxes (100 per box) of Nitracare nitrile examination gloves (small)
On behalf of the Ministry of Health, Acting Director of the Central Medical Laboratory, Mr. Juvencio Chan accepted the items and thanked the PWR of Belize. Dr. Melissa Diaz, Medical Coordinator at Matron Roberts Polyclinic, Nurse Melinda Guerra, Regional Manager of Western Health Region, and Mr. Arik Lima, Procurement Manager at Central Medical Stores were also on hand to show appreciation for the many efforts the country office is doing not only in this time of COVID-19 but in all areas of health, to keep Belize and its people safe and protected.
The Ministry of Health has been doing a lot of work in making sure the country stays prepared for any impact from COVID-19. With guidance from the ministry, the country and the people of Belize have played an active role in taking the necessary precautions and implementing regulations that have helped in reducing the spread of the virus.
PAHO/WHO country office of Belize will continue playing a role in the response by procuring additional equipment and providing technical guidance to the Ministry of Health, the country, and the people of Belize.
During the week, PAHO/WHO Belize also made two similar donations. On April 27, the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize received one PureLink RNA Mini Kit of 250 reactions and AgPath-ID One-Step RT-PCR of 500 reactions and on April 30, the lab received 130 much needed swabs for the continued testing of COVID-19 in the country.