Belize City, Belize, September 21, 2021 (PAHO/WHO) – To strengthen the capacity to screen for diabetes in a timely manner, through the European Union Directorate-General for International Partnerships (formerly EU-DEVCO), the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization donated medical equipment to the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA).
Persons with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are at higher risk of getting severely ill from SARS-CoV-2. Thus, it is crucial to recognize diabetes as a very significant underlying disease of COVID-19. It has also been shown that many young persons and adults are not aware of their levels of blood sugar. Therefore, making timely screenings are important measures to diagnosing persons with diabetes.
The medical equipment donated included:
- Five (5) One Touch Ultra 2 Glucometers
- 5,000 Glucose Strips
- 1,000 Lancets
As we continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, this essential medical equipment will directly enhance the efforts in health systems strengthening by assisting BFLA in the timely diagnosing of diabetes.