Belize City, Belize, 16 December 2021 (PAHO/WHO) - As part of the continued response in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also necessary to increase public awareness of the multiple risks of being infected with COVID-19 and smoking. Thus, 175 posters depicting that smoking can increase the risk of getting COVID-19 infection were donated to the National Drug Abuse and Control Council of the Ministry of Health and Wellness. These posters will be used by field officers countrywide.
298 booklets promoting the protection of Human Rights of Older Persons were also donated to the National Council on Ageing. These booklets will be used to sensitize the management of residential homes and caregivers within public and private residential homes. Older persons are often vulnerable to abuse and thus it is necessary that persons with the responsibility to ensure the wellness of older persons be knowledgeable with protecting the human rights of older persons.