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Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020. 7:24 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health today hosted a national surveillance meeting with all the regional surveillance teams to provide an update on the global and regional situation of the Novel Coronavirus (2019 – nCoV).

The Ministry says that the information has evolved and is being adapted to guide the response in Belize.

Several presentations were done including Preparedness Measures, Screening at Ports of Entry, Lab Screening, and Risk Communication. Regional teams had an opportunity to discuss challenges and gaps in their response plans as well as to establish specific actions and communication channels approved by the National Surveillance Team.

Several stakeholders were invited to the meeting including persons from the National Emergency Management Organization, Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board, PAHO Belize office and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority.

The Ministry and its partners continue to foster the collaboration in the mutual exchange of information and support as this is considered a national public health priority.

The Ministry of Health is also actively following up on all rumored cases including the two recent cases that were negative for the Novel Coronavirus. To date, the region including Belize has no case of the 2019 – nCoV.

The Ministry reiterates that the best way to reduce the spread of viruses (including 2019-nCoV) and minimizing infection is by practicing proper handwashing hygiene, covering the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

 

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