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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019. 5:58 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The disciplinary committee of the Nurses and Midwives Council of Belize is preparing to deliver its decision on the nurse from the Corozal Hospital involved in the events leading up to the death of 11-month-old baby, Dion Woodye Jr.

Director of Health Services for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, said today that the ministry is expecting to receive the decision on Wednesday, January 30, and will take appropriate action based on the council’s findings.

“We have taken some steps in terms of disciplining staff but that’s something I don’t want to discuss because it’s affecting certain persons. And I think from the discussions we have had if people need to be let go then they will be let go,” Manzanero said.

He stressed that the ministry has to give way to due process to be fair to everyone involved and in accordance with the Public Service Regulations, which clearly outlines steps that need to be taken before a public servant is terminated.

He added that as a part of ongoing training measures, the ministry has scheduled a two-day training session for doctors, nurses and other medical staff in the next two weeks that will focus on emergency triage operations and procedures. Manzanero also said that not having enough nurses and other essential staff at hospitals is a phenomenon affecting health systems all over the world and should not be a regarded as a reason for persons not doing the job that they are being paid to do.

“It’s a balancing situation because if you’re also going to be there but you’re not doing your job then I might as well not have you there because you’re dealing with patients, you are dealing with people who have come to access the health system,” Manzanero said.

His statements follow those given by the Health Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, who said that the child’s death from gastroenteritis on new Year’s Eve, should not have happened. Figueroa said that the entire health system is facing a crisis where workers at various echelons of the health system do not care about their jobs or the way they deliver service and that culture needs to be changed.

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