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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2019. 9:33 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The lights went out for two hours at the Southern Regional Hospital (SRH) yesterday in a planned outage for maintenance purposes, according to Director of Health Services (DHS) with the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marvin Manzanero.

The DHS said that the outage was necessary to get the backup generator on the grid so the hospital can be prepared for future power outages.  He stressed that the Ministry scheduled the outage at a time where there were few patients in the facility and low patient flow.

“The Western Regional Hospital was also placed on standby in case any support was needed,” Manzanero said.

In mid-January, residents in the south were concerned about patient safety at the SRH because the hospital did not have a backup generator which could have put patients lives at risk in the event of an unplanned power outage. The situation was emphasized when Belize Electricity Limited had announced that there would be a planned power outage which would affect the hospital.

Chief Executive Officer in the MOH, Dr. Ramon Figueroa said that the generator situation should have been fixed from last year by the National Engineering and Maintenance Center (NEMC) but there were several

delays.

 

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