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Health evaluation (Belize City)

Health evaluation (Belize City)

Health evaluation
(Belize City)

AARON HUMES Reporting: The Central American arm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has scored Belize poorly among Central American countries concerning our capacity to respond to public health emergencies.

The survey was conducted in 2012 and Dr. Jorge Polanco, Deputy Director of Health Services, said Belize scored very well in surveillance capability for monitoring communicable and infectious diseases.

However, there are still gaps in administrative planning and communication which dragged down the score.

Local health officials led by Director of Health Services Dr. Michael Pitts met with the consultant team in Belize City this morning.

Dr. Bernard Benecke, the deputy director of the CDC in Central America, preferred not to focus on the actual scores.

He preferred to say that Belize had room for improvement and noted that we did fairly well for a country with limited resources and a small population.

The CDC gave the same report to other Central American countries but there is no word on how we compared.

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